1. 2 UP Shiraz, South Australia, 2005
From the winemaker of the wonderful Kangarilla Road wines comes 2 up a well-priced and sumptuous offering. Concentrated blackberry and sweet minty aromas, blueberries, chocolate and cola spices. Lush on the palate with ripe dark fruit, pepper, leather and warm spices with supple tannins.
2 up is a traditional game of chance - so I'll bet the farm you'll like what's in the bottle.
Pair with burgers, pizza and the like.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 20th, 2007

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2. 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi California, 2005
Like the Clay Station Viognier I recently reviewed the 337 is part of the Delicato Family Vineyards portfolio.
It's a ripe, muscular Cabernet with a brilliant garnet color oozing cassis and blackberries, dark earth and spiced chocolate. Solid new world Cabernet flavours, richly spiced with lush fruit, a hint of bell pepper and more chocolate on the finish.
Full-bodied and smooth and exceedingly easy to guzzle.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 17th, 2007

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3. 8th Generation Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2006
Melon and spiced pears in cream with vanilla, white floral notes and a hint of honeyed gala apple. On the palate it shows pineapple and melon, vanilla a hint of honey and oak spices. Not overly oaked - a nice balance of fresh flavours and rounded texture.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 29th, 2008

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4. 8th Generation Merlot, Okanagan Valley BC, 2005
Plums and stewed fruit aromas, lots of spiced oak, earth and leather with undertones of coconut, vanilla, char, earth and white pepper. Dark and muscular, full-bodied with dark earth, spice, leather and tobacco good acidity, somewhat hot and drying, firm tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 17th, 2008

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5. 8th Generation Vineyards Pinot Gris, Okanagan BC, 2007
Vibrant!
Fresh aromas - juicy citrus, crisp pear/apple, mineral notes, honey and fruit blossoms. Surprising power, the balance is lovely - it's not Grigio style but not an over-the-top Pinot Gris either. The best way to describe it is intriguing and pristine - smacking acidity with layers of citrus, honeycomb, mountain stream minerality, a hint of almond, anise and a suggestion of green herbs on the finish.
A screw-cap topper makes it perfect for picnics.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 14th, 2008

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6. 8th Generation Vineyards Pinot Rose, Okanagan BC, 2007
The name 8th Generation refers to the eight generations of Schales family who have dedicated their lives to winemaking - starting in Germany in 1783 and now continuing in Summerland. One of the Okanagan's newest wineries 8th Generation is showing promise.
The Rose is made from 100% Pinot Meunier and is a very pale salmon hue. Aromas of sweet berries, peach skin, orange peel and earthy undertones. On the palate it's refreshing and crisp - pleasantly off-dry with fresh berries, tobacco and lingering cedar and spices on the finish. Snappy acidity with a strong backbone that makes it good for sipping solo or alfresco meals.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 10th, 2008

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7. 8th Generation Vineyards Riesling, Okanagan BC, 2006
The name 8th Generation refers to the eight generations of Schales family who have dedicated their lives to winemaking - starting in Germany in 1783 and now continuing in Summerland. One of the Okanagan's newest wineries 8th Generation is showing promise.
The Riesling reminds me of the dry Rieslings being made (and consumed) in Germany right now. Loads of green apple and mineral aromas, citrus peel, honey and peach skin notes. Zippy and fresh on the palate with spritzy lemon, lime zest and ripe white fruit flavours - lip-smacking good.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 10th, 2008

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8. A Mano "Bianco", Puglia Italy, 2006
From one of my favorite Primitivo producers A Mano comes this newly released white, a screw-topped 50/50 blend of the indigenous varietals Fiano and Greco di Tufo.
A rich straw colour with gold glints the Bianco reminds me of my favorite lemon/lime Calippo ice-pops showing lime and sweet lemon, stone mineral and honeysuckle aromas. On the palate it's crisp on the entry with citrus zest then smooths out mid-palate with sweet herbal flavours and has a refreshing finish with lingering lemon-pepper.
Intriguing!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 15th, 2007

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9. A Mano Primitivo, Puglia Italy, 2005
From one of my favourite Puglian producers A Mano is this always delicious Primitivo. Very easy drinking and fresh, oozing blueberry, raspberry and blackberry liqueur aromas with sweet spices and tobacco notes. It's supple and spiced with soft tannins on the finish.
Easy access screwcap and perfect for a summer barbecue!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 6th, 2008

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10. Accordini Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore DOC, Veneto Italy, 2003
Opulent aromas - warm, ripe cherries, dried fruits and savoury herbs with a hint of char and cocoa and alluring fruitcake spice notes. Lush and supple on the palate showing dense black fruits, cherries, dark chocolate and allspice - soft acidity, integrated tannins and a silky finish tasting of spiced espresso.
Very good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 15th, 2008

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11. Alamos Chardonnay, Mendoza Argentina, 2006
Golden in the glass with loads of toast, caramel and roasted pineapple aromas with notes of vanilla and sweet spice. On the palate - creamy, ripe fruit and vanilla with lingering oak spice - a bit hot in the mouth and made for drinkers who love their oak.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 13th, 2008

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12. Alamos Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2007
From the fantastic Argentine producer Catena comes this Alamos label. The wine is indigo in colour with juicy purple berries, cocoa and smoky sweet spices, cedar chips and crushed dark floral notes. The palate is bold, plush and big-boned with supple fruit, plenty of peppery spice, espresso, dark chocolate and cedary flavours. Fine, slightly bitter tannins llinger.
Very good.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 29th, 2009

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13. Anakena 'Ona' Syrah, Rapel Valley Chile, 2005
A rich garnet-hue with indigo hints. Bright, upfront dark floral and briary berry aromas with deep, earthy chocolaty notes and sweet allspice. Creamy dark berries and plummy flavours on the palate, supple and full-bodied with peppery spices on the finish.
A very enjoyable Syrah.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 12th, 2008

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14. Anakena Viognier, Rapel Valley Chile, 2006
Just what I look for in a Viognier...
White peach, lifted honeysuckle, soft exotic spices,and some tropical notes. Juicy and bright on the palate with crisp fruit, a lush texture and long spiced finish.
Not to be missed!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 5th, 2007

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15. Anderson's Conn Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2003
Rich and ripe with juicy black currant aromas. Smooth and lush with creamy dark chocolate, spic, leather and mocha. Opulent, with a solid structure and balanced with fresh acidity and fine dusty tannins on the finish.
Impressive as a gift or for your private cellar.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 28th, 2007

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16. Andretti Fume Blanc, North Coast California, 2006
Crisp red apple and lemony aromas, honey roasted nuts, minerals and toasty notes. Creamy on the palate with white fruit, sweet vanilla, oak spice and lemon cream. Fresh and a bit racy (like its namesake Andretti) across the finish line.
Nicely done!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 18th, 2007

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17. Andretti Merlot, California, 2004
Like the Andretti Selections Fume Blanc the Andretti Selections Merlot is a new arrival in select private wine stores in BC.
It has juicy black plum, cherry and smoky aromas and shows sweet oak, chocolate and menthol notes. Medium-full bodied and rich on the palate presenting nice acidity, a smooth finish with dark berries, vanilla and sweet spice flavours.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 18th, 2007

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18. Angove's Nine Vines Viognier, South Australia, 2006
Light straw in colour with exotic citrus, white peach, minerals, and warm spice aromas with tropical floral notes. Slick and seductive on the palate showing lime oil, licorice and white pepper. Refreshing and voluptuous--a deadly good combination!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 17th, 2007

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19. Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico, Tuscany Italy, 2004
Red cherries, floral and dried fruit aromas with leathery barnyard notes. Fresh cherry on the palate with a rustic earthiness and bright acidity, leather, light spices and roasted coffee on the finish. It has good grip and fine, earthy tannins on the finish.
Classic Chianti...pair with tomato sauces and antipasti.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 29th, 2007

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20. Antinori Santa Cristina Pinot Grigio, Sicily Italy,2006
Straw coloured with amber glints the Santa Cristina has peach jelly and lemon cream aromas, it's scented with orange blossom, minerals and almond oil notes. Crisp and bright on the entry, softly rounded on the mid-palate and showing a lovely, refreshing zestiness on the finish.
Wonderful!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 6th, 2007

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21. Antinori Vin Santo Del Chianti Classico, Italy, 2002
Smooth like cognac with parallel aromas. Rich, slightly sherried and nutty with hints of spice and earth. Not too sweet, warm and elegant. Great with nutty chocolates-dark chocolate covered almonds, milk chocolate peanut clusters, dark chocolate macadamia nuts and cashews. Surprisingly tasty with Purdy's Hedgehogs and Hagensborg "Truffle Pig' white chocolate raspberry cream filled bars!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 7th, 2006

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22. Anvers Cabernet Sauvignon, Langhorne Creek Australia, 2004
An inky cherry coloured wine with black currents, mint and graphite aromas followed by briary berry, bell pepper and dense chocolate notes. The entry is smooth - the palate is quite intense, the fruit is amazingly fresh for a four year old vintage. Good acidity and balance with spice, cedary and tobacco flavours on the finish the tannins are nicely integrated.
Solid, well constructed wine.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 10th, 2008

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23. Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson South Africa, 2006
Rich and ripe on the nose - mulberry and currents, smoky plums and earth, woodsy/undergrowth aromas, sweet tobacco and spices. In the mouth - silky and lush with dark fruits, chocolate and coffee - a warm spiced mouthful with a lovely linger...
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 16th, 2008

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24. Arabella Sauvignon Blanc, Robertson South Africa, 2007
Vibrant pomelo citrus and honey aromas, lime zest and white blossoms on the nose. Crisp and fresh on the palate, lemons and minerals, soft acidity rather than sharp and bracing with delicate fruit flavours.
Very nice!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 16th, 2008

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25. Arabella Shiraz, South Africa, 2007
Plush black fruit aromas - plums and blackberries - spiced cocoa, hints of floral and rubber/smoky hints often found in South African Shiraz....The palate shows the same black fruits, bittersweet chocolate and spices, it's fresh, youthful and the tannins are smooth.
Good value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 15th, 2009

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26. Araldica Cortese, Piedmont Italy 2005
Simply super sipper.
This affordable Piedmontese white wine is as refreshing as its crisp green label. It has apple skin, lemon, stone fruit and minerals with crisp acidity, subtle integrated flavours and a smooth mouth-feel. Look for it in private wine stores you will not be dissapointed!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 12th, 2007

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27. Archipel, Sonoma County California, 2001
Big and sexy. The label screams strong and silent but the juice inside is warm and giving.
Unctuous black cherry, vanilla, smoke and cocoa-mocha coffee aromas. Appealing bright red berry--youthful on the palate with sweet oak spice flavours and a grippy finish. This wine reminds us of what California does so well...
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc of which 94% is Sonoma County and 6% is Napa Valley.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 9th, 2007

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28. Arigolas Perdera Monica di Sardegna, Sardinia Italy, 2005
Sweet cherries, creamy red berries, dried fruit and leather aromas with plum and toffee undertones. Rich and supple on the palate, savoury hints, ripe red fruit and oak spice on the finish.
Track this one down and take it home to enjoy!
A blend of Monica, Bovale Sardo and Carignan.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 5th, 2008

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29. Arigolas S'elegas Nuragus di Cagliari, Sardinia Italy 2005
An indigenous varietal from the Island of Sardinia - Nuragus creates this lush creamy wine that oozes tropical fruit - pineapple, mango and creme caramel with undertones of spice. Ripe fruit returns on the palate with exotic flowers, honey and deft oak flavours on the finish.
Very nice paired with soft or smoked cheeses.
As reviewed in Infamous magazine May 2008
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 5th, 2008

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30. Arrogant Frog "Ribet Red", Pays D'Oc France, 2007
This Southern France blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot has aromas of berry fruit, cocoa, smoke, tar and meaty notes. On the palate it is smooth with chewy flavours - dark fruit, fine spices and tobacco with a bittersweet chocolate. It is full-bodied and quite savoury, a wine for hard cheeses or rich meat dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 23rd, 2009

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31. Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley California, 2005
Opaque cherry-ruby in colour with aromas of coffee, black cherries, cedar, vanilla, coconut and sweet blueberry and blackberry on the back end. Fresh, juicy berry flavours followed by toasted spices, vanilla and chocolate. Easy to drink, supple and yes - tasty as heck!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 18th, 2008
Here I go again...divulging secrets.
Yes, shocking as it may be, you can drink a purple Napa for under $25.
The Avalon is tasty as heck with plums and black cherry, chocolate and vanillin oak aromas spiked with patchouli notes--dried flowers and cedar wood. Silky with lush dark fruit and plums, rich chocolate and coffee liqueur. Smoothly finished and addictive.
Keep this one a secret will ya!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 17th, 2007

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32. Azul Portugal Bairrada DOC, Portugal, 2006
This regional bairrada blend of Baga, Tinta Roriz, and Touriga Nacional emits juicy mixed berries, chocolate and sunbaked earth, chalky minerality with fine, spice-box aromas. It is clean, powerful fruit on the palate, berries and black cherries, fresh minerality and fine dusty tannins. Good value and good concentration...
Pair with roast pork, hard cheeses or savoury rice and beans.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 12th, 2009

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33. Babich East Coast Pinot Noir, New Zealand, 2008
A juicy Pinot Noir with primary red fruit aromas - cranberry and sour cherry, fine pepper and cigarbox, a hint of violets and undertones of savoury herbs and green olive. The palate is fresh with good berry/cherry flavours, toasted spice and cedar. Nice complexity, lively acidity and a silky texture.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 20th, 2009

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34. Babich Pinot Gris, Marlborough New Zealand, 2007
Very ripe fruit aromas of pear, guava and snappy grapefruit with exotic floral, honey and hint of mushroom. The palate has a kiss of sweetness with pleasing spice, stonefruit and grapefruit peel flavours. Lovely rounded, not assertive, acidity and a refreshing finish.
Pair with white fish or vegetarian spring rolls dipped in spicy fruit sauce.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 23rd, 2009

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35. Babich Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand, 2008
The Babich has bold aromatics - popped corn, nettles, gooseberry, snap peas and zippy lemon. Very typical kiwi Sauvignon Blanc aromas and flavours - easy drinking, yet intense and snappy with herbal, mineral and grapefruity flavours the texture has a pleasing roundness, softening the acidity. All in all an impressive wine for fish or crisp salads with vinagrettes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 18th, 2009

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36. Balthasar Ress Rheingau Riesling, Rheingau Germany, 2007
Ya gotta love a wine with less than 11% alcohol...
Ress is certainly a favorite of mine and I love the price point too...Aromas are of gala apples and peaches, candied citrus rind and minerals. Off-dry and apple-y on the palate, snappy acidity with a squeeze of lime and hints of peaches and orange zest on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 2nd, 2009

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37. Banfi Col di Sasso Cabernet Sauvignon&Sangiovese,Tuscany Italy, 2005
Cherries, tar, pretty dark floral ,cocoa and sweet tobacco notes. Juicy but reserved red fruit on the palate with leather, dusty tannins mid-palate and nice acidity. Well priced mid-week pasta wine!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 12th, 2007

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38. Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio, California,NV
A fun and affordable bubbly for summer sipping, in white sangria or a good pairing with spicy dishes.
Pale straw in colour with obvious fruitcup aromas, candied citrus peel and pear compote. Expect a sweetish, mousse-y bubbly with a bright entry followed by pear, citrus and gingery flavours and a crisp finish.
It's not a serious bubbly and it's not trying to be. But if you are looking for an off-dry, affordable fizz this one will fill the bill...
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 25th, 2009

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39. Baron Philippe de Rothschild "Escudo Rojo" Maipo Chile, 2004
Sweet cherry aromas with minty/herbal notes and roasted, meaty hints. Smooth on the palate with fresh dark fruit and spice with juicy acidity and a long, spiced cocoa finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 21st, 2007

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40. Baron Philippe de Rothschild "Mapu" Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere, Chile 2005
Earthy aromas, cocoa, black cherry and berries, herbs and spice. Medium-bodied with lots of acidity, fruit, pepper and dusty tannins on the finish.
A simple and attractively priced Monday-to-Wednesday dinner wine.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 26th, 2007

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41. Baron Philippe de Rothschild "Mapu" Sauvignon Blanc-Chardonnay, Chile, 2006
Soft white fruit aromas, citrus, minerals and cut grass. Crisp and light on the palate with juicy grapefruit, herbs and minerals with citrus rind on the finish.
Very affordable light-bodied, weekday white.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 19th, 2007

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42. Baron Philippe de Rothschild 'Carabas', Pays d'Oc France, 2006
This vin rouge is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Malbec, Cabernet and Merlot with aromas of plums and mixed black fruits, spices, leather and savoury 'garrigue' herbs and intense espresso tones. Rustic but smooth on the palate showing layered fruit, spice and roasted coffee bean flavours. The finish is a bit chewy with a hint of bitterness.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 30th, 2008

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43. Baron Philippe De Rothschild Sauvignon Blanc, Vin De Pays D'Oc France, 2005
A crisp, mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc at an awesome price.
Juicy lemon/lime, tart passionfruit, fresh cut grass and mineral aromas. Vibrant on the palate with peach and honey flavours, clean mineral hints and a zesty clean finish.
Ooh la la!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 2nd, 2007

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44. Baron Philippe De Rothschild, Pinot Noir, Vin de Pays D'Oc France, 2005
Classic old-world Pinot Noir aromas...red cherry, raspberry and barnyard notes of leather, straw and earthy forest floor. Light-medium bodied with tart cherries, fleur de sel, pepper and cedar flavours on the finish.
This is the weekday wine you want with your pan seared mushrooms, roasted root veg or fowl.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 26th, 2007

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45. Baron Philippe De Rothschild, Pinot Noir, Vin de Pays D'Oc France, 2006
Classic Pinot Noir aromas...red cherry, raspberry and earthier - leather, sweet hay, vanilla and woodsy notes. Medium-bodied with soft mixed berry fruit, pepper, tobacco and mocha flavours on the finish.
This is the weekday wine you'll want to have with pan-seared mushrooms.
Very good value Pinot Noir!
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 6th, 2008

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46. Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico, Tuscany Italy, 2006
Savoury and rustic - with cherries, meaty tones, tar and crushed flowers - a brooding Chianti Classico. The entry is fresh and spicy with balanced acidity followed up with flavours of earth, leather and mocha - powerful tannins linger on the finish.
Best to decant before drinking - will pair will with roasted meat dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 4th, 2008

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47. Barossa Valley Estate Moculta Shiraz, Australia, 2004
retasted
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 28th, 2007
Smoked cherry aromas, brambleberries dusted with cocoa, dry earth and eucalyptus. Dried fruit and coffee beans on the palate with menthol flavours and a dry spiced finish with dusty tannins
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 17th, 2006

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48. Bastianich "Flor" Prosecco, Valdobiaddene Italy, NV
A delight of honey, apple peel, stone fruit, fragrant floral, straw and mineral with a hint of almonds. It has fantastic acidity, fine bubbles and impressive complexity for the price. It also has a creamy mousse and leesy flavours with a zesty citrus linger.
This is a wine produced for, and served in Joseph Bastianich and Mario Batali's restaurants in the U.S. This is the first time it has been sold in Canada!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 3rd, 2009

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49. Bastianich "Vespa Bianco", Venezia Giulia Friuli Italy, 2006
This IGT blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Picolit is one of two of celebrity Chef Lidia and restauranteur son Joseph (business partner with Mario Batali) Bastianich's white wines currently available in BC Liquor stores.
It's a complex wine, golden in colour with loads of mineral, green pear and melon, honey, caramel and citrus. It has a nice weight on the tongue with plenty of caramel, oak spice and citrus flavours. The finish is crisp and minerally.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 21st, 2009

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50. Bastianich Sauvignon "B", Colli Orientali del Fruili DOC, 2008
This stylish Sauvignon Blanc is a new offering from a winery owned by celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich and her restauranteur son Joseph (business partner to Chef Mario Batali). Mineral aromas set the stage, followed by melon and bright citrus, suggestions of toast, almonds, a hint of vanilla and savoury herbs. Lively, presenting crisp white fruits - the melon, almonds and citrus peel reappear on the palate. It has impressive complexity, a lovely weight and long snappy finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 9th, 2009

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51. Bava "Libera" Barbera d'Asti, Piedmont Italy, 2002
A ruby-hued Barbera hinting at brick with sweet, earthy cherry aromas, dark floral and dried fruit notes with a touch of orange peel. Medium-bodied and silky on the entry showing flavours of cherries, leather and ceda - it becomes silty textured and earthy finishing with orange peel, dark floral flavours and a hint of bitter-sweet chocolate.
Attractive price.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 5th, 2008

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52. Belle Glos Pinot Noir "Meiomi", Sonoma Coast California, 2006
Lush!
Sweet, ripe berries, black cherry and fragrant floral aromas with cocoa and leathery undertones. Supple and silky on the palate - flavours of chocolate covered berries, pepper, tobacco and sweeter spiced licorice and smooth vanilla on the finish.
Delicious!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 3rd, 2008

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53. Bellingham Merlot Malbec, South Africa, 2006
Merlot....with a touch of Malbec.
I was impressed by Bellingham's sometimes unique blends when I tasted them in South Africa last fall.
Aromas of blueberry, black cherry, leather and plums and earthy/savoury smoked notes. Supple in the mouth, earthy/savoury flavours are prominent rounded out by spiced berries and cherry. A solid, well-made wine with fine, dusty tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 17th, 2009

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54. Bellingham, Sauvignon Blanc~Chardonnay, Western Cape South Africa, 2008
Melon and crisp apple aromas, fruit blossoms and a drizzle of honey with peachy tones on the tail end.... Smooth yet crisp with juicy white fruits and smoky/flinty minerality and a mouth-watering finish.
An affordable white with good bones.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 2nd, 2009

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55. Beni di Batasiolo Barbera d'Alba DOC, Piedmont Italy, 2006
This is a producer that over-delivers.
The Barbera d'Alba (Barbera from the DOC of Alba) shows bright cherry fruit, sweet plummy notes, rich earth and violet aromas with a hint of blueberry, woodsmoke, iodine and espresso liqueur. The palate is medium-full bodied and smooth with a bright, prickly sensation, the flavours echo the aromas featuring loads of fresh berry fruit and cedar, the acidity is bright and the tannins firm.
Very tasty!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 5th, 2008

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56. Beringer "California Collection" Pinot Grigio, California, 2007
A peachy hued Pinot Grigio with fruitcup aromas - pear/peach/apple - honey and citrus blossoms. The palate is refreshing featuring plenty of tree fruit and honey and a suggestion of spice. The finish is zesty, the acidity soft and rounded.
A pleasant, easy quaffer.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 20th, 2009

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57. Beringer "California Collection" White Zinfandel, California 2008
The discovery/mistake of White Zinfandel saved not only wine producers, but a lot of Zinfandel vines in the 1970s. Consumers, finding these sweet, fresh wines to their liking have never looked back. Even as more and more dry pink wines hits the shelves at higher alcohol levels, blush wines or White Zins are still extremely popular.
If you are in the mood for a sweet wine with low alcohol the Beringer has confectionary aromas of strawberries, marshmallow and cotton candy. In the mouth it's sweet but with plenty of crisp citrus and peachy flavours to add to it's berry notes.
Good for sipping solo or drink with spicy Asian cuisine.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 20th, 2009

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58. Beringer 'Stone Cellars' Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2006
Loads of fresh aromas, cherries and plums with vanilla and sweet spices. It's a medium-full bodied wine with fresh fruit on the palate, fine tannins throughout with a slightly dry, dusty mouth-feel. Good value and easy-drinking.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 16th, 2009

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59. Beringer 'Third Century' Chardonnay, Central Coast California, 2006
An interesting dichotomy of toasted spices and buttered nut aromas, the fruit is hidden on the nose but then comes galloping through on the palate. Flavours of pineapple and dried/candied fruit and citrus peel, vanilla caramels and sweet spice linger on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 6th, 2009

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60. Beringer 'Third Century' Merlot, North Coast California, 2005
A great pairing with camembert, this smoky Merlot has bold plummy aromas with rich dark earth, leather, cocoa. It is smooth on the palate with spiced plum and savoury flavours - tobacco, oak and some roasted meat tones - integated tannins and a subtle lingering finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 23rd, 2009

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61. Beringer Founders' Estate Chardonnay, California, 2006
Sweet pineapple, exotic citrus, melon and buttery vanilla shortbread notes. Rounded on the palate showing crisp pear and orchard fruit with caramel spice lingering on the finish.
Seductive and tempting with no harsh oaky edges.
Pair with grilled fish in cream sauces.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 20th, 2008

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62. Beringer Founders' Estate Merlot, California, 2004
Craving Merlot?
When you crave Merlot - smooth, rich and fruity - this one will satisfy.
Deep fruit aromas - plums and raspberries - earthy dark chocolate with faint minty notes. Supple on the palate with lovely balanced acidity, good, classic merlot flavours showing dark fruit, toasted oak and lingering sweetly spiced vanilla on the finish.
Pair with fun, casual fare - pizza or barbecue.


Wine Scores Reviewed - January 23rd, 2008

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63. Bersano Cortese DOC Piedmont Italy, 2008
This Cortese is a terrific departure from your everyday Sauvignon or Chardy option. Delicate aromas of pear, minerals, pretty apple blossom and citrus, a hint of guava, beeswax and herbal undertones. The texture is rounded, slightly oily with flavours of citrus peel and white fruit, almond lingers. The finish is clean and zesty. Pair with fish or light appetizers.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 5th, 2009

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64. Beyerskloof Pinotage, Stellenbosch South Africa, 2006
Dark, earthy and meaty notes with mixed red berry and blackberry aromas. On the palate its medium-bodied and fresh with sweet berry fruits, smoke and similar to the aromas shows plenty of meaty/earthy flavours. The texture is quite smooth with soft tannins on the finish.
Definitely a wine to pair with game and roasted meat dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 28th, 2008

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65. Beyerskloof Pinotage, Stellenbosch South Africa, 2007
Bright red berry fruits, cigar smoke, savoury herbal tones and wild blueberries. Juicy fresh berries, spiced and toasty some char grilled aromas and bittersweet chocolate - a wine for grilled meat or roasted vegetable dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 16th, 2008

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66. Big Red Shiraz, South Australia, 2007
Ripe blackberry, vanilla and chocolate aromas with savoury, meaty undertones and spices. The flavours are spiced blackberries, plums, roasted coffee, toasted spices and charred tones with bittersweet chocolate and minty/eucalypt flavours. Full-bodied with spice and coffee flavours lingering on the palate.
Great price!
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 3rd, 2009

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67. Bimbadgen Ridge Sparkling Semillon, South East Australia
A first for me, this sparkling Semillon made from grapes from the Yenda region of SE Australia is a great value sparkler!
Briliant golden yellow in colour with aromas of orange blossoms, apple and lime with hints of toast. On the palate its crisp and refreshing with verve and it will pair wonderfully with creamy cheeses or seafood starters!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 20th, 2007

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68. Black Hills 'Alibi', Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
It's coy label may belie what seriousness is housed inside...
The Alibi is a 80/20 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that has followed in big brother Nota Bene's iconic footsteps. Primary aromas of guava, nectarine and melon with floral accents and undertones of herbs, cut grass and minerals. The palate shows a different side, hints of caramel and toast, spice and citrus zest...very good intensity and a substantial, mouth-watering finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 25th, 2009

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69. Black Hills Carmenere, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
A small lots production (less than 150 cases) the Black Hills Carmenere has very good typicity if you were to compare it to one from, say Chile...
The first whiff is undoubtably pepper, pepper, pepper followed by intense red fruits, and savoury undertones of smoke, roasted green bell pepper with meaty/gamey hints. The palate is very focused and it has a supple texture. The flavours are similar to the aromas - red fruits, roasted peppers and loads of spice with plenty of savoury undertones followed by a lengthy finish.
A wine made for grilled vegetables and roasted meat dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 22nd, 2009

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70. Black Hills Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
A stunning Chardonnay that flaunts aromas of sweet tropical fruits and honey, exotic citrus and buttery caramel. The palate is smooth, but not weighted from poor use of oak, it's extremely fresh with vibrant citrus and nectarine and nutty praline flavours. A crisp finish lingers with clove spice...
Very elegant!
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 18th, 2009

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71. Black Hills Nota Bene, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
This vintage, a blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc comprises the iconic Nota Bene...
At nearly 15% alcohol it's a big boy with plenty of extraction...
Aromas of black currents and wild blueberries, chocolate cherries, vanilla and toffee with lots of black pepper. Intense on the palate with ripe dark fruit, pepper, coffee liqueur and vanillin oak flavours. Excellent structure and power with ripe tannins and a substantial finish.
Young, but drinkable now, or give it to dad for a father's day cellar keeper.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 18th, 2009

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72. Black Widow Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
The lightly oaked Pinot Gris has golden glints and aromas of pear, a suggestion of peach and melon with carmel and toasted spice undertones. The palate is very fresh, despite the caramel tones, showing flavours of white fruits, minerals and citrus zest.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 15th, 2009

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73. Blasted Church 'Hatfield's Fuse', Okanagan BC, 2007
This always popular white blend features an aromatic melange of: Chardonnay, Optima, Ehrenfelser,Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Riesling. The aromas are an enigmatic array of exotic citrus, honey, minerals and spiced orchard fruits. On the palate the flavours echo the aromas showing honey blossoms, orange citrus, peaches and spice with grapefruit zest. Mouth-watering acidity bright fruit and a lively lingering finish make this a wine to pair with fish, spiced dishes or simply sipping on the patio.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 10th, 2008

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74. Blasted Church 'Mixed Blessings', Okanagan Valley, 2008
The hot-of-the-presses Mixed Blessings label takes a step into the controversial subject of non-traditional unions by making you question - who really is marrying whom? These award winning cartoonish labels have always been tongue-in-cheeky, so It's doubtful anyone will take offense.
A white blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Ehrenfelser produces fruit-cup aromas of pear compote, tangerine, muskmelon, hints of spice and honey. The texture is creamy, loaded with tree fruits, exotic citrus and star anise flavours.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 13th, 2009

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75. Blasted Church 'The Dam Flood', Okanagan BC, 2007
Made from 60% Lemberger and 40% Merlot The Dam Flood is a memorable name but it also honors a historical event in the Okanagan.
Rich dark berry aromas, chcocolate, smoked meaty notes, vanilla and spiced dried cherries. Slightly dusty on the palate with more savoury smoked meat flavours followed by spiced cocoa. Medium-bodied with bright acidity.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 18th, 2008

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76. Blasted Church Cabernet~Merlot, Okanagan BC, 2006
Cassis, red plums and undertones of blackberry with dark earth, savoury herbs and vanilla notes. On the palate a plummy/cherry taste jumps out followed by milk chocolate and sweet cola spice flavours. Fresh fruit on the entry with good acidity and a medium-body weight, there is a slightly dusty texture throughout and youthful tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 18th, 2008

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77. Blasted Church Chardonnay Musque, Okanagan BC, 2007
Alluring aromatics that might convince you that there is a Viognier or a Gewurztraminer in your glass.
This Musque clone radiates peaches, mango, fresh musk melon, honey and floral notes with candied citrus peel. On the palate it has creamy fruit- pear, apple, melon and more candied citrus with exotic star anise flavours. Bright, refreshing and just off-dry this wine seduces.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 16th, 2008

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78. Blasted Church Gewurztraminer, Okanagan BC, 2007
The Blasted Church Gewurztraminer is visually appealing and refreshing as heck.
Bright aromas of orange blossoms, spiced grapefruit, honey, rose oil and crisp orchard fruits. Vibrant on the palate, showing warm spices and peppery/gingery flavours, sweet tropical fruit and lingering grapefruit zest on the finish.
Pair with all your exoticly flavoured and spicy dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 13th, 2008

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79. Blasted Church Merlot, Okanagan BC, 2006
This Merlot is my favourite red of the recent Blasted Church releases.
Juicy and fresh with gobs of smoked plums, spiced chocolate, vanilla, sweet mint and tobacco aromas. It's supple and lush and shows similar plummy, spice and chocolate flavours on the palate. The finish is long and smooth with mostly integrated tannins and a hint of coffee.
Excellent paired with Camembert!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 23rd, 2008

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80. Blasted Church Pinot Gris, Okanagan BC, 2007
This wine shows a very pretty hint of salmon-pink and has aromas of pear, white nectarine and white cranberries with honey and grapefruit undertones. On the palate it's dry, crisp and refreshing with white fruit flavours, more grapefruit and minerals hints that will pair well with fish or summer salads.
Includes a very patio friendly screw-cap!
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 10th, 2008

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81. Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz, Langhorne Creek Australia
Vibrant purple with juicy blueberry, plum, sweet spice, vanilla and chocolate notes and a hint of menthol. On the palate it's liqueur-like, warm rich fruit, smooth and weighted with lingering dark chocolate and spice on the finish.
Pair with Christmas cake during the holidays and sweet and sour pork the rest of the year!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 27th, 2007

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82. Bleasedale Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon, Langhorne Creek Australia, 2004
History in a bottle.
From one of Australia's oldest family owned wineries this attractive 2004 vintage is a blend of 79% Shiraz and 21% Cabernet and shows aromatics of sweet, mixed dark berries, mint-chocolate and peppery notes. Smooth and fresh on the palate with more dark berry flavours, cocoa, lingering spice and appealing chewy finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 26th, 2007

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83. Bodega Beronia Reserva, Rioja Spain, 2001
Warning - this wine may spoil you for many others (or turn you into an old-world wine lover). A stunning example of an aged, silken wine. Very few places in the world are able to afford to, or have no interest in ageing wines - that's fine, but you'll see why this wine is so special.
Seductive cherries, raspberries, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and sweet spice cake aromas with rustic earthy undertones and iodine notes. The palate is amazingly fresh for its age - vibrant almost - sweet cherries, leather and shaved chocolate with spice lingering on the finish. Great acidity and integrated tannins make this wine perfect - right now.
Exceptional value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 22nd, 2009

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84. Bodega Lurton Pinot Gris, Mendoza Argentina, 2007
Great value!
This fresh Pinot Gris has attractive golden glints with aromas of fresh apple and pear skin, honey blossoms, minerals and white grapefruit zest. Similar on the palate it's bright with lively zesty flavours and a hint of spice. Balanced fruit and acidity, a lovely weight and slick texture with a long finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 20th, 2008

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85. Bodega Lurton Pinot Gris, Mendoza Argentina, 2008
Excellent value!
This consistent Gris has loads of ripe pear and melon aromas, minerals and exotic floral and honey. The honey returns on the palate alongside flavours of bright tree fruit, citrus and a hint of spice. The palate is slick with a lovely weight but shows plenty of acidity to keep it crisp.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 23rd, 2009

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86. Bodega Norton 'Privada', Mendoza Argentina, 2005
Plush.
Lifted minty tones, cassis and smoke, leather, blackberry and blueberry sweet spices and chocolate. The palate has fine, dusty tannins throughout and flavours of dark berries, bittersweet chocolate, tobacco and spice - the tannins linger through the finish.
A blend of;Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon...
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 16th, 2009

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87. Bodega Norton Privada, Mendoza Argentina, 2004
A rich blend of 40% Malbec and 30% each of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mixed berry aromas, earth, smoke and spice with hints of vegetation. On the palate it's fresh and youthful tasting - shows ripe raspberry and blueberry flavours with creamy chocolate.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 3rd, 2008

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88. Bodegas Ateca Garnacha de Fuego, Jumilla Spain 2005
Great packaging!
The de Fuego is made from grapes from a 60-80 year old vineyard and has rich aromas of cocoa, ripe red berries and spiced cherry, earth and dark flowers. On the palate it has layered flavours of bitter chocolate, herbs, earth and tobacco.
An excellent value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 20th, 2007

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89. Bodegas Faustino 'Faustino V' Rioja Reserva DOC, Spain 2004
I love this traditional bottle that looks so simple yet delivers the goods... This is a vibrant Tempranillo with aromas of red cherries, iodine and earth with coffee liqueur, saddle leather and strawberries. Juicy, is the best way to describe the palate, the flavours echo the aromas - red fruit, spice and cedar box. It is medium-bodied and bright with fine mouth-coating tannins and is delicate enough to pair with grilled fish or tomato based dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 19th, 2009

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90. Bodegas Gascon Circus Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina, 2006
Prune plums and currants, dark chocolate, peppery spices, raspberry notes and sweet herbal undertones. Fresh, bright red fruit, tobacco and spices on the palate. Medium-full bodied with firm, youthful tannins and lingering spiced cocoa flavours on the finish.
Good value Cabernet.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 9th, 2008

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91. Bodegas Lomablanca "Bardosa", Carinena DO, Spain, 2007
This joven (young wine) blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha may become my summer red. The brilliance of joven wines is they are not aged in oak, so the fruit really shines. I wonder if this could become a trend elsewhere in the world as producers want their wines released earlier (no oak age means we get it sooner). The cost of oak barrels is substantial, so no oak means a more approachable price. Also, the Bardosa's lightweight bottle leaves a smaller carbon footprint.
I digress.
This is a delicious wine, period. The aromas seduce with sweet smoky cherries, dark flowers, chocolate and warm spice, the secondary tones are leather, farmyard and cedar. The palate is fresh and juicy with gobs of cherry/berry fruit and loads of spice, the texture supple and it has fantastic acidity. Fine cocoa tannins coat your mouth throughout.
Pair it with spicy sausage or a cold pasta salad with hot chilies, tomatoes and manchego.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 17th, 2009

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92. Bodegas Lomablanca Gabarda 'Uno' 1, Carinena Spain, 2006
NEW!
The Gabarda 'Uno' is a fresh, youthfull joven wine (meaning fresh with little if any oak contact) made from Grenache and Syrah. The aromas are ripe blueberries and cherry jam with vanilla notes. On the palate it has more juicy berries on the entry followed with classic, tobacco, leather and mineral flavours and lingering chocolate and spice on the finish.
A fun wine made for tapas!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 15th, 2007

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93. Bodegas Lomablanca Gabarda IV, Carinena Spain, 2003
NEW!
The Gabarda IV has a label that will appeal to your sense of style and the juice to make you thank Spain.
Cherries and dark flowers abound amid rustic, earthy aromas of leather, smoked meat, white pepper and tobacco. On the palate it's creamy smooth with fresh berry/cherry, sweet spices and vanilla. The 19 months of time this wine spent in Hungarian and French oak has integrated nicely and the finish is silky.
Seriously good.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 15th, 2007

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94. Bodegas Montecillo Crianza, Rioja Spain, 2003
Crianza's spend less time in oak barrels and in bottles than their big sister Reserva, this one spent a minimum of one year.
It achieves the classic rustic quality that we look for in Rioja showing cherry, dark floral earth, iodine and saddle leather notes. The palate has the lifted freshness of juicy red fruit followed by coffee, toasted oak and more leather finishing with fine, dusty tannins. Pair with Spanish cheeses or hearty meat sauces.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 26th, 2007

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95. Bodegas Montecillo Reserva, Rioja Spain, 2001
As required by Spanish DOC wine laws, to be considered a Reserva a wine from Rioja must have been aged a minimum of three years--one of those in oak barrel. The Montecillo Reserva shows classic Tempranillo characteristics of cherry, red berry and sweet tobacco aromas with hints of cocoa bean and band-aid. On the palate, the fine-grained, drying tannins persist throughout with more cherry and earthy flavours finishing with a solid grip.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 31st, 2007

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96. Bodegas Palacio "Glorioso" Rioja Crianza, Spain,2004
This classically rustic Tempranillo will pair perfectly with all your meaty dreams--namely stews, game and roasted meat dishes.
Sweet red cherries, vanilla and dried fruit aromas with band-aid and tobacco notes. Medium-bodied on the palate with more cherry, oak and sumac spice, cocoa, toast and leather-y flavours with a smooth, warm finish and attractive price.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 8th, 2007

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97. Bodegas Palacio Glorioso Crianza, Rioja Spain, 2005
Sweet and smoky - this young-ish Tempranillo (Crianza being younger upon release than Reserva) has red cherry and leather, hints of sweet spice, licorice and iodine with undertones of mocha. The acidity stands out - great for cutting through fatty dishes or cheeses - the fruit is bright and flavours echo the aromas.
Pair with rich meat dishes or aged Manchego.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 20th, 2009

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98. Bodegas Palacio Glorioso Reserva Rioja DOC, Spain, 2004
The aromas are fairly subdued - strawberries and red plums, saddle leather and spice peek out of earth. But the palate that shines in this Tempranillo, with red fruit, coffee and spice box flavours. Expect a wine with great acidity and fine, mouth-coating tannins that grab on mid-palate and don't let go.
Pair with lamb or vegetables in a tomato based stew
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 19th, 2009

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99. Bodegas Piqueras 'Valcanto' Syrah, Alamansa Spain, 2005
Sweet, rich berries on the nose with notes of spice, saddle leather, iodine. Elegant and fresh with juicy berry and chocolate mint flavours with white pepper followed by smoky, meaty and savoury hints on the finish.
Great value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 17th, 2008

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100. Bodegas Piqueras Castillo de Alamansa Reserva, Alamansa Spain, 2005
Excellent value! This powerful blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Monastrell releases intense peppery aromas with blackberry and raspberry fruit, leather tobacco and sweet/smoky notes muddled with mixed spices. Great acidity on the palate, with plenty of spiced berry and leather-y flavours and fine dry tannins on the finish.
Pair with roasted meats, hearty pasta and hard cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 25th, 2009

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101. Bodegas Piqueras Castillo de Alamansa Reserva, Alamansa Spain, 2005
Excellent Value!
It's rare to be able to purchase a wine that has some cellar age on it - more so at a price like this...
A blend of Monastrell, Garnacha and Tempranillo you can expect typical rustic earthy character - wild red berries and cherries, forest floor and leather with cocoa powder and roasted coffee beans and a pinch of finely ground white pepper. Reserved red fruit on the palate, parched earth and wild herbal flavours with the pepper really showing through. Fine tannins cling to the finish.
Pair this wine with rustic dishes, simple meats, cheeses or tomato based sauces.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 11th, 2009

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102. Bodegas Piqueras Castillo de Alamansa Reserva, Spain, 2003
Hailing from the DO (Denominacion de Origen) Alamansa in Spain the Castillo is an earthy and garnet-hued with purplish glints and aromas of blackcurrent, plum and leather with floral, forest floor and iodine notes. A warm mid-palate shows spiced dark fruit flavours swimming in drying, chalky tannins and the finish softens with lingering oak spice.
Tempranillo, Monastrell and Garnacha
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 18th, 2007

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103. Bodegas Piqueras Marques De Rojas, Alamansa Spain, 2006
This wine covers so many bases you'll get extra brownie points for bringing it to your next get-together.
First, the art nouveau-esque label is brilliantly attractive, second, the liquid inside is the colour of dark purple grape juice and the aromas are of crushed blackberries, smoked plums, iodine, spiced tobacco and cocoa. Immense, full-bodied and swimming with dark fruit flavours and thirdly, all for under $10!
Made from Garnacha Tintorera.
Awesome value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 29th, 2007

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104. Bodegas Piqueras Marques de Rojas, Alamansa Spain, 2007
Made from the inky-hued Garnacha Tintorera grape this fantastic value wine is both savoury and aromatic.
It presents gobs of purple fruit, crushed floral notes and tobacco with roasted herbs and pepper. The Palate has plenty of bright juicy berry fruits with savoury green olive and herbal flavours. An uncomplicated wine, excellent value, with spice and roasted coffee bean flavours lingering on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 11th, 2009

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105. Bodegas Santa Ana 'Caracter' Chardonnay~Chenin, Argentina, 2007
This 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc has alluring aromas of sweet golden pineapple, creamy apricot, vanilla and hints of musky wild honey. The texture is rounded, the acidity bright and the finish lingers with citrus zest flavours. Easy drinking - a very good value.
Pair with chicken salad and mildly spicy vegetarian dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 18th, 2009

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106. Bodegas Santa Ana 'Caracter' Shiraz~Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2008
Sweet aromas - cherries and berries with vanilla and cola spices - clove and cinnamon. Simple, juicy and smooth on the palate - medium-bodied with mocha coffee flavours lingering. A simple quaffer at an affordable price...
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 20th, 2009

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107. Bodegas Valcarlos 'Fortius' Tempranillo, DO Navarra, Spain
Mixed fruit teases your nose as you swirl it in the glass. A compilation of crushed berries and strawberry aromas. Behind the fruit is a bouquet of violets, minerals, earth and chocolate. On the palate, expect juicy fruit with flavours of cocoa and coffee grounds with spice. Its a focused wine with great acidity and fine lingering tannin.
Good value
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 19th, 2009

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108. Bolla Valpolicella Classico, Italy, 2005
Inky, rich aromas - black cherry and dried fruit with dark floral and warm spice notes. Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with juicy red fruit, leather and spiced oak flavours, balanced acidity and earthy tannin on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 17th, 2008

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109. Bolla Valpolicella Classico, Veneto Italy, 2006
Ruby red with blue glints and appealing berry aromas, sweet spices, vanilla and dried fruit notes. In the mouth it is medium-bodied with fresh, spiced berry/cherry flavours and it shows bright acidity with fully integrated tannins.
Very easy drinking!
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 9th, 2008

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110. Bollini Pinot Grigio, Trentino Italy, 2007
Long, one of my favourite, complex Pinot Grigio's the Bollini will entice you with aromas of apple and ripe pear, almond skin and spring flowers with gorgeous mineral tones. The palate is both creamy and crisp, the acidity fresh but not aggressive, the flavours are clean and the finish long...
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 15th, 2009

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111. Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel, Mendocino County Calif., 2006
Raspberry, black cherry and dried fruits abound in this organic Zinfandel - aromas of strawberry-rhubarb pie and liberal spices follow. It is smooth on the entry, it's earthy with dried fruit and chocolate, the tannins are fine-grained with spice lingering on the finish...
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 13th, 2009

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112. Bortoluzzi Cabernet Sauvignon,Venezia Giulia Veneto Italy,2005
This newly arrived IGT Cabernet features aromas of cherries and loads of fine spice, saddle leather and chocolate with rustic undertones of sunbaked earth, tar and pencil shavings. The palate shows fantastic acidity and plenty of juicy cherries and spice, leather and tobacco. The texture is supple with fine tannins.
Pairs nicely with tomato dishes or fresh cheese.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 23rd, 2009

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113. Bottega Petalo Moscato "Il Vino dei Poeti", Veneto Italy
I discovered this pretty Moscato several years ago and it always screams Valentine's.
Classic grape-y Muscat aromas with honey-blossoms, melon and apricot jelly. It's a delicately sweet wine, light golden in colour. Sweet and snappy on the palate with candied citrus on the mid-plate before smoothing out into a long kiss of wild honey and rose water.
At 6.5% alcohol it's a great breakfast or dessert wine choice - full of effervescent flavour!

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114. Bottle Tree Semillon~Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia, 2008
This easy-drinking white blend from Australia's Canonbah Bridge Estate has loads of citrus peel aromas, honeycomb and minerals with guava. On the palate, the fruit pops - clean and crisp with great acidity and some tropical and citrus juice flavours.
A refreshing, affordable white for any occassion!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 14th, 2009

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115. Bouchard Pere&Fils Bourgogne, Pinot Noir, Burgundy France, 2007
A new label adorns this bottle and you'll see it at the upcoming 2009 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. Bright, juicy red fruit, fragrant violet, tobacco and cedar box with forest floor undertones that reign it in. Tart red fruit and potpourri and spices are echoed on the palate - lifted acidity, medium bodied, with fine tannin. Easy paired with creamy cheeses or duck and mushroom ravioli.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 25th, 2009

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116. Brazin Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi California, 2006
This truly is a brazen or Brazin, Zinfandel...
Opulent mixed berry aromas, chocolate and vanilla, crushed dark floral and espresso. The palate is supple and spicy with sweet berries - raspberry, blackberry, black currents - mocha liqueur. The finish is smooth carrying flavours of mixed warm spices and blueberry along.
Yum!
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 24th, 2009

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117. Bremerton Verdelho, Langhorne Creek Australia, 2004
Worth seeking!
The Verdelho grape is finding its way into BC via Australia more often these days. Classic to Spain this varietal is crisp, clean and aromatic. The Bremerton has fresh green aromatics with bright lemon, beeswax, and minerals. On the palate it is purely spiced white grapefruit with pine elements and a rounded, soapy texture.
Lovely!
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 16th, 2007

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118. Burrowing Owl Estate Vineyard Syrah, Okanagan Valley, BC, 2006
Gorgeous typical Syrah aromas - pepper, pepper, pepper, savoury herbs and cherries with undertones of mocha. Expect a full-bodied wine with a dusty texture and flavours of spiced black berries, rich dark earth, savoury meaty suggestions and dry, firm tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 15th, 2009

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119. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Decadent and concentrated, this wine has chocolate and cherries, sun warmed berry, floral and cedar box, fresh aromas - as well as earthy and juicy. The palate is plush, the flavours dense, with smoky, meaty and savoury tones with a spice flavours on the finish. Great acidity, firm ripe tannins and a substantial finish...
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 15th, 2009

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120. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley, BC, 2006
Cassis liqueur and ripe berry/cherry aromas, cedar chips and lifted leafy aromas. Excellent concentration on the palate with spiced berries, coffee and cocoa with some earth and char hints. Firm tannins linger...
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 15th, 2009

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121. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Meritage, Okanagan BC, 2005
Mixed black and red berry aromas, dark earth and hints of jalapeno. Full-bodied and smooth on the palate with fresh berries, spice and dill with a plummy nuances and cocoa on the finish. Layered and inviting with balanced acidity and integrated tannins.
63.3% Merlot, 26.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 21st, 2008

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122. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Meritage, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
A powerful wine, at moments brooding and intense and then supple and seductive....
Chocolate covered cherries and cassis liqueur waft out of the glass followed by spice and leather, sage and sweet menthol, pencil shavings and rich dark earth. The palate has a smooth entry, it's dense and forward with ripe fruit, tobacco, mocha and spice to elevate the heat. The finish is long and the spice lingers....
Tasting pretty good right now, but if you are a cellar fiend a few years won't hurt.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 16th, 2009

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123. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Pinot Gris, Okangan BC, 2006
This is a wine that brings back memories from a decade ago - served by-the-glass at Vij's Restaurant in Vancouver where it was a wonderful pairing to his spicy Indian cuisine.
Juicy fruit-cup aromas - sliced peaches and pears in honey, subtle warm spices and mineral undertones. Silky and wonderfully fresh on the tongue with creamy fruit flavours and a crisp seam that runs throughout.



Wine Scores Reviewed - February 21st, 2008

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124. Burrowing Owl Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Very aromatic - crushed dark floral aromas, ripe cherry, cedar box, patchouli, forest floor and cranberry undertones. Rich, bordering on potent with chocolate, espresso, wild berries and spice. Smooth with balanced acidity and obvious tannins.
A very tasty wine but with more power than you may expect from a Pinot Noir.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 13th, 2009

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125. Caldora Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, Italy, 2006
All the juicy elements you crave with a price that will make you giggle with glee!
The Caldora is oozing ripe berry fruit and dark floral aromas with undertones of leather and sweet vanilla. Lush fruit on the palate with balanced acidity, a supple velvety mouth-feel and lingering spice on the finish.
And like that - snap - it's gone.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 20th, 2008

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126. Caldora Pecorino Terre di Chieti, Abruzzo Italy, 2006
No you are not seeing things Pecorino is a white grape varietyused in making this regional wine.
It's a delicious discovery, an aromatic wine with fruit salad and blood orange notes. Fresh on the palate with honey, citrus and almond oil flavours and a lush texture.
Do not miss trying this wine!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 13th, 2007

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127. Calona Artist Series Pinot Noir, Okanagan BC, 2006
When you speak of value for money the Calona Pinot Noir is always a solid wine choice--there never seems to be enough of those.
Sour red fruit--cranberry, cherry and rhubarb--woodsy, composte aromas and cocoa hints. A leaner older-world styled Pinot with juicy red fruit, tobacco and leather flavours with a soft, spiced cedar finish.

Wine Scores Reviewed - October 4th, 2007

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128. Calona Vineyards Artist Series Sovereign Opal, Okanagan BC, 2007
Aromatic - vibrant citrus, honey, rosepetals and mandarin peel, apricots and sweet spices. The palate is fresh, mouth-watering, juicy grapefruit and gingery flavours make this wine a great partner to spicy dishes - curried vegetables and fish or sweet and spicy tofu.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 17th, 2008
This rare, born in BC cross between Marechal Foch and Golden Muscat is produced solely by our own Calona Vineyards in Kelowna. It's always a great summer sipper and pairs well with spiced dishes.
Tropical aromas - musk melon, mango and pomelo citrus with wildflower honey, peaches and rose petals. The aromas are echoed on the palate with crisp acidity a soft texture and subtle musk flavours.
It's an off-dry glass of intrigue.


Wine Scores Reviewed - March 17th, 2008

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129. Calvet Reserve, Bordeaux France, 2006
Who says you cannot get a tasty Bordeaux for under $15?
The Calvet proves you can with juicy aromas of briary berries, cedarbox and smoke, vanilla and pencil shavings. On the palate you can expect a supple wine with good acidity and plenty of berry, leather, spice and cedar flavours and powdery tannins.
A great value blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 20th, 2009

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130. Campo di Sasso "Insoglio del Cinghiale" IGT, Bibbona Italy, 2006
From Bibbona, north of the famous SuperTuscans of Bolgheri and south of the stunning walled, hilltop city of Volterra comes this powerful red blend. It likely contains in part; Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Canbernet Sauvignon and perhaps some Petit Verdot.
The colour is intense ruby - nearly black with warm aromas - cherries in vanilla, plums and dark floral with rustic notes of saddle leather, earth, tar and sweet spices. Full-bodied and powerful with loads of acidity it arrives silky on the entry with supple fruit flavours, vanilla and spiced oak. Masculine in style with grip on the finish but the tannins are fine-grained.
Would pair well with the cinghiale (wild boar) salami loved in Tuscany and cellaring for a couple more years wouldn't hurt...
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 19th, 2008

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131. Canella Bellini, Veneto Italy
A bubbly and an aperitif all in one!
Not a slushy-style Bellini but the more traditional style as served in Harry's Bar in Venice Italy. Bellini-in-a-bottle is made with real Canella Prosecco from Veneto, blended with local fresh white peach juice and pulp and a touch of raspberry juice for added colour. All natural - gently effervescent and peachy, peachy, peachy. Wonderful flavours and aromas, made for summer sipping.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 3rd, 2008

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132. Cantina Breganze Prosecco 'Extra Dry', Veneto Italy NV
A lovely aromatic Prosecco. Perfumed with Meyer lemon, rose petals and juicy orchard fruit. Fresh, crisp and clean on the palate dancing with citrus zest, minerality and green apple flavours. Medium 'frizzante' bubbles, a delicate mousse and a smooth refreshing finish.
Cin Cin!

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133. Cantina Breganze Terracrua Bianco, Italy NV
This fresh, fruity wine is one of a trend of low-alcohol wines I am hearing about. It is made from 100% Friulano (formerly Tocai Friulano) and it does not dissapoint at 10% alcohol.
It is a simple, fresh Vin da Tavola (table wine) with pretty aromas of tree fruit, floral notes and bright sweet citrus. The palate is crisp and clean with bright fruitcup flavours and a pinch of sweetness.
Perfect as a lunch wine or as an aperitif.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 5th, 2009

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134. Cantina Breganze Vespaiolo Vino Frizzante, Veneto Italy
Imagine the juiciest, most crisp green apple, add some peach blossom aromas and just a pinch of minerals.
The Vespaiolo is lively, clean and fresh with a snappy white grapefruit finish.
I suggest you pick up two, one bottle to share with your favorite Valentine and one for yourself!
Aromas are of ripe almost sweet fruit and flowers. Dry and delicate in the mouth, a dance of orchard fruit, earth and the slightly bitter citrus-y finish we expect in Prosecco

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135. Cantina Breganze, Prosecco Marzimino Rosato, Breganze Veneto Italy, NV
Made from Prosecco and the light and fruity, red Marzimino grape, (which is classic to the region of Trentino, in Northern Italy) this spumante-style bubbly has the perfect pink colour of cherry blossoms. Laden will fruity aromas - mixed berries and exotic citrus with undertones of rose petals and marzipan. It's smooth and creamy with delicate bubbles, berry flavours and a drop of honeyed sweetness on the palate.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 4th, 2008

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136. Cantine Belisario Verdicchio Di Marelica, Marche Italy, 2006
Smooth stone fruit aromas, apples and citrus with mouth-watering acidity, white grapefruit and a suggestion of spiceiness on the finish.
Fresh!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 13th, 2007

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137. Carabas Chardonnay, Pays D'Oc France, 2006
The newest addition to the Baron Philippe de Rothschild portfolio Carabas is a fun-loving name, a legend synonomous with nobility and pleasure.
A rich golden-hue with potent aromas of grilled pineapple, exotic citrus and fragrant lily. On the palate it's silky, rich with vanilla, caramel spice, oak and citrus peel flavours - balanced, bright acdity and sweet spices lingering on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 19th, 2008

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138. Carmel Road Winery Pinot Noir, Monterey California, 2005
An brick ruby-hued Pinot Noir with loads of bing cherry, creamy vanilla, spice and forest floor aromas and undertones of raspberry, smoke, oakdust, beetroot and leather. Medium-bodied and silky on the palate showing sweet, smoked cherry and tobacco flavours and a fresh spiced finish.
A fruit-forward new world style with sweet flavours on the palate.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 17th, 2008

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139. Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Chile, 2006
Currents and cherries, mixed spices and loads of jalapeno pepper on the nose followed by rich dark earth, mocha and menthol. Smooth and fresh on the entry with bright fruit, herbs and bell pepper flavours and cedar box spices. Medium-full bodied, good acidity and fine tannins with a lingering finish.
Very good value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 30th, 2008

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140. Carmen Carmenere, Central Valley Chile, 2007
Inky in colour with gobs of sweet red berries, bay leaf and mint, fine spice and cedar with a hint of jalapeno. Expect plenty of ripe berry fruit to return on the palate, again spicebox and cedar folowed by savoury roasted red peppers. It's very fresh, medium to full-bodied with bittersweet cocoa lingering on the palate.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 22nd, 2009

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141. Carmen Merlot, Valle Central Chile, 2006
Ripe and opulent aromas - black currants, vanilla, chocolate dipped cherries, warm oak spices and a hint of sweet herbs. The entry is smooth with juicy dark fruit, the mid-palate is supple leading to base flavours of chocolate, vanilla...earth and although the finish is still a bit tight at the moment it lingers nicely with spice and tobacco.
A very good showing!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 18th, 2008

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142. Carmen Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley Chile, 2006
Loads of vibrant cassis, chocolate and sweet spices, leather and smoke with lifted bay leaf and green bell pepper aromas. Juicy berry fruit on the palate with spice, bittersweet chocolate and savoury hints. An appealing finish of smooth tannins and flavours of spiced cherry linger...
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 27th, 2009

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143. Carmen Reserva Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley Chile, 2006
A double wammy of freshness - both Carmenere and Cabernet have lovely lifted 'green' aromatics to them - its typical to these varieties and is awesome when its good.
Cassis and smashed berry aromas, leafy hints and crisp green bean, earth and bittersweet chocolate. It's a savoury wine with excellent acidity - meant for food - with flavours of red berries, menthol, cocoa and cedar box. Medium-full bodied with fine tannins...
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 18th, 2009

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144. Carmen Reserva Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley Chile, 2007
An elegant, mineral laden Chardonnay with plenty of white fleshed fruits, toast and spiced brown butter aromas. The palate has plenty of bright melon and crisp citrus, it has a smooth texture and lingering toast and spice flavours.
Good complexity - a wine for white meats and fish or smoked cheeses and creamy sauces.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 16th, 2009

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145. Carmen Reserve Syrah~Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle del Maipo, Chile, 2005
Ripe dark cherry and red currents, smoke, earthy leather and truffle notes, cedar and spiced tobacco. The texture is slightly dusty with plummy flavours, followed by red fruits, cedar, cocoa and pepper with savoury - herbal and meaty undertones.
Deep and dark - perfect for grilled or roasted meat dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2008

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146. Carmen Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley Chile, 2008
Consistently good value and quality the Carmen features juicy green apple aromas, verdant cut grass and herbal notes with goseberry and citrus peel. Sweet, crisp fruit on the palate - citrus and white tree fruit flavours, soft but bright acidity and a clean fresh finish.
A nice choice for an aperitif or pair with light, fresh fish and salads.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 9th, 2009

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147. Carmen Sauvignon Blanc, Valle de Curico Chile, 2007
Zesty and grassy - perfect for die-hard Sauv Blanc drinkers!
Passion-fruit, starfruit, snap peas, grass, lemon and jalapeno aromas. Crisp and refreshing on the entry, it rounds out a bit mid-palate but finishes with mouth-watering acidity.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 23rd, 2008

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148. Carmen Sauvignon Blanc, Valle de Curico Chile, 2008
Definitely aromatic - presenting crisp minerality, grass clippings and herbal tones with loads of fruit - especially peach/nectarine - and floral aromas. Great fruit flavours in the mouth - the peach/nectarine and herbal returns on the palate with mouth-watering acidity and a citrus-y, pineapple finish.
Always good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 12th, 2009

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149. Carpineto "Dogajolo" Tuscany Italy, 2005
A Super-Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Dogajolo (dog-a-yolo) has deep aromas of red cherry and berries, earthier notes of leather, cocoa and tar with undertones of vanilla and coffee liqueur. Medium-bodied with cherry, leather and earthy flavours, mouth-watering acidity and peppery spice on the finish.
Pair with hearty meat and tomato stews or Italian cold cuts.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 15th, 2008

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150. Carpineto "Dogajolo" Tuscany Italy, 2006
A Super-Tuscan blend of Sangiovese with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Dogajolo (dog-a-yolo) is a fragrant combination of cedar chips, cherries and crushed floral aromas with sweet spices and undertones of green olives and wild herbs. The entry is smooth and flavours of cherry, leather and spice box cross your palate, the finish is very dry with powdery tannins.
Pair with hearty meat and tomato stews or Italian cold cuts.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 14th, 2009

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151. Casa de Campo Chardonnay, Argentina, 2007
A rich golden-hued colour with primary spiced oak, browned butter and clove aromas with hints of tropical fruits. There is citrus and some tropical fruit on the palate but the toasted oak and spice flavours prevail. It's rounded on the palate but the oak use is heavy - almost overwhelming.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 25th, 2009

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152. Casa de Campo Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina, 2006
Rich aromas - smoky spices and black currents, warm spices and milk chocolate, red cherries and leather with savoury herbal undertones. The palate is supple and laden with dark, rich earthy flavours of mocha, dark berries and tobacco with fine lingering spice.
Good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 9th, 2009

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153. Casa de Campo Reserve Malbec~Shiraz, Argentina 2006
This wine is a sign of the times for Argentina - great value and robustly flavoured wines...
Lush, spiced meat and ripe blackberry aromas, espresso and rich milk chocolate, iodine and crushed purple floral notes. The palate is creamy - laden with blackberries, chocolate, mixed spices and loads of pepper. The tannins are fine - slightly dusty - and flavours of spice and cocoa linger. Pairing - dense meaty dishes or hearty mid-week meals.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 3rd, 2009

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154. Casa de Campo Reserve Malbec~Shiraz, Argentina, 2007
Loads of sweet, smoky blackberry aromas, chocolate and black currents, sweet spice and pepper, ink and dark floral notes. The palate is generous and juicy with abundant berry fruit, cedar and leather. It's smooth with fine tannins and spice lingering on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 22nd, 2009

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155. Casa de Campo Reserve Malbec~Shiraz,Argentina, 2005
Beautiful sun-warmed berry aromas - raspberry and blackberry with hints of cherry cola, warm spice and vanilla. Medium-full bodied with fresh berries on the palate - smooth and peppery with tobacco and oak spice flavours and an elegant, lingering finish.
Delicious!
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 29th, 2008

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156. Casa Silva 'Dona Dominga' Cabernet Sauvignon~Carmenere, Colchagua Valley Chile, 2007
This old-vines blend of Cabernet and Carmenere is one for the hard cheese and meat dishes.
Plummy and smoky spiced, balsamico and grilled peppers with leather and smoke and spice with dusty grippy tannins on the finish. Good acidity and spiced cherriy flavours linger...
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 2nd, 2009

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157. Casa Silva 'Quinta Generacion', Colchagua Valley Chile, 2004
Opaque ruby-blue with intense aromas - sweet blackberry, blueberry and currants, loads of fresh mint, dark flowers and the meaty, earthy and peppery Shiraz shows through. Similar jammy fruit seduces the palate, warm spices and chocolate, coffee, savoury flavours and vanillin oak. Supple, creamy and powerful with good acidity and integrated tannins.
Excellent!
A blend of; Cabernet, Carmenere, Shiraz and Petit Verdot.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 21st, 2008

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158. Casablanca 'Cefiro' Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Vally, Chile, 2008
Bright aromas - nettles and gooseberry, guava and citrus blossoms with lemon peel. The palate falls a bit short of the nose but it does have snappy acidity with flavours of grass clippings, fresh herbs and loads of citrus peel on the finish - clean, easy-drinking and well priced.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 27th, 2009

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159. Casablanca Coleccion Privada Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2006
Exuberant and juicy.
Crisp apple, tropical citrus notes, white floral, minerals and cut grass with a suggestion of spiciness. Clean and fresh with an exceptional price tag.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 5th, 2007

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160. Casas Del Bosque Pinot Noir Reserve, Casablanca Valley Chile, 2006
Ruby red in colour with sweet raspberry and blueberry aromas, loads of pretty violet notes with vanilla, cedar and soft chocolate hints. On the palate the Casas del Bosque Pinot is fresh and smooth, medium bodied with creamy dark berries, earth and smoked spice flavours showing bright acidity, light tannins with lingering spice and tobacco on the finish.
Lovely!
Delicious paired with smoked gouda.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 10th, 2007

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161. Cassini Cellars "Mamma Mia" Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley, 2007
The Mamma Mia Pinot Grigio is very different from the Cassini Cellars Pinot Gris which has a good dose of oak. This fragrant white shows plentiful pear and melon aromas, lemon grass and citrus peel. The palate is surprisingly off-dry with a slick texture and flavours of fruit cup, marzipan and mixed sweet herbs and has a slightly zesty finish.
A good pairing with spicy Thai dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2009

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162. Cassini Cellars "Maximus", Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
This is a well-made Meritage blend from BC's new Cassini Cellars in Osoyoos.
It's a savoury 59/37/4 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec featuring loads of dark berry and black cherry aromas, leather, vanilla and garrigue notes. The palate is supple with good structure, fine tannins and plenty of acidity and it presents flavours of forest berries and spice.
This is a wine to pair with game meats or grilled veg.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2009

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163. Cassini Cellars Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Expect vibrant aromas in this chic BC Chardy!
Loads of crisp citrus and minerals with a sprinkling of fine spice. Flavours of bright tropical fruits, sweet warm spice and a hint of oak lounge on a creamy texture. Snappy acidity balances the palate and makes the flavours pop, the finish is warm, spicy and lingering.
Well done!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 6th, 2009

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164. Cassini Cellars Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
This new South Okanagan winery is off to a fantastic start.
Their Gewurztraminer is seductive, very Alsatian in style, lavishly perfumed with rose water, Turkish delight, honeysuckle, lychee fruit, cold cream and sweet spices with mineral undertones. Unquestionably elegant, the texture is supple and it's layered with flavours of tropical fruit, orange peel, clove, star anise and cinnamon. An impressive aromatic with restrained power and a bright finish to pair with your caramelized onion and smoked gruyere tart.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2009

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165. Cassini Cellars Merlot, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
This more elegant version of a BC Merlot has plenty of red fruit aromas with hints of floral, wild herbs and cocoa. Expect a lovely supple palate texture and flavours that echo the aromas. Integrated tannins, fresh, high-toned fruit and herbs with hints of cedar on the finish.
Cassini suggests red pastas, beef, pork and cheese to pair with this wine.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 11th, 2009

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166. Cassini Cellars Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
This is a toasty Pinot Gris, much different from the Cassini Cellars fruitier Mamma Mia Pinot Grigio.
Aromas of peach and pear, vanilla and citrus rolled up with plenty of praline and toasted oak notes. Oak dominates the palate along with with spice, almond oil and savoury undertones of mushroom. It's rounded and smooth, the finish is crisp with citrus zest and spice flavours lingering.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 22nd, 2009

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167. Cassini Cellars Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
The aromas in the Cassini Reserve Pinot Noir are quite sweet - ripe raspberry, cedar, lush chocolate with savoury, meaty undertones. The palate is smooth, bright and juicy with plenty of pepper and cocoa. A good showing but expect some astringency and a hint of biiterness on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 4th, 2009

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168. Cassini Cellars Viognier, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
I'm impressed by the style and quality of this new (Osoyoos based) South Okanagan winery. The Viognier is no exception. This is not an overblown or blousy Viognier, rather it shows exotic citrus, stone fruit and mineral aromas with spiced honey and just a hint of herbs. The texture is oily, it is a lush wine with impressive complexity and a rather crisp, refreshing finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2009

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169. Castell del Remei "Gotim Bru",Costeres del Segre, 2004
Dark garnet coloured with dried cherry and blueberries on the nose followed by cedar-wood, leather, earth and warm spices. Full-bodied and smooth on the palate with flavours that mimic its aromas adding hints of cassis, cocoa and iodine with bright acidity and fine tannins on the finish.
A very tasty blend of: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Garnacha.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 10th, 2008

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170. Castillo de Liria Bobal & Shiraz, Valencia Spain, 2006
It's has an intense inky-purple hue with rich dark berry aromas and primary earthy notes of leather, smoked game and toast. It's medium-full bodied with apparent acidity and on the palate it shows peppery dark fruit and roasted coffee with spice on the finish.
An unbelievable bargain suited to grilled meat and lamb dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 8th, 2007

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171. Castillo de Liria Bobal & Shiraz, Valencia Spain, 2007
Lots of plush fruit on the nose - aromas of cherries and plums, earth, leather and chocolate with hints of iodine and toasted oak. The palate is supple - it has juicy fruit and loads of pepper, bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee linger on the finish.
Easy drinking and very good value for your buddies who like to barbecue...
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 12th, 2009

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172. Cat Amognst the Pigeons 'Fat Cat' Shiraz~Cabernet, Barossa Australia, 2006
It'll seduce you wilth its aromas - gobs of blueberry and raspberries smashed into chocolate, warm spice and blackberry undertones, vanilla and oak hints. Supple and sweetly ripe with spiced vanilla and mocha with just a hint of bacon fat on the tail. Lifting acidity and supple tannins...You'll wonder if you should drink it or slather it on...
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 25th, 2009

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173. Cat Amognst the Pigeons 'Fat Cat', Barossa Australia, 2007
Another fantastic vintage for this fruit forward Barossa blend. Made from Shiraz with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon it smells of blackberry jam and sun-warmed blueberries, sweet vanilla and mint chocolate patties with espresso and cigarbox. The palate is opulent, oozing juicy purple berries, bittersweet chocolate and leather with fine, peppery spices. Ripe tannins on the finish with flavours of roasted coffee beans lingering.
Delicious, and $5 less than last vintage!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 22nd, 2009

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174. Cat Amongst the Pigeons "Nine Lives' Shiraz, Barossa Valley Australia, 2006
Dense ruby/purple in colour with gobs of ripe mulberry aromas, mint and savoury herbs, chocolate and spiced mocha. Plush - supple and laden with blueberry and mulberry flavours, spices and cocoa. Great structure and acidity, polished tannins with lingering espresso and spice on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 5th, 2008

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175. Cat Amongst the Pigeons 'Alley Cat' Barossa Australia, 2006
Creamy blueberries and Ribena, grape-y ripe aromas, sweet cocoa and spices, smoking cedar embers and mint. Rich and supple on the palate flavoured with mocha coffee, purple berries and spiced liqueur. Lush and polished - a wine that'll curl your toes...
70% Shiraz,30% Grenache
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 4th, 2008

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176. Cat Amongst the Pigeons 'Alley Cat' Barossa Australia, 2007
This Shiraz and Grenache blend is an explosion of ripe blackberry and warm raspberry aromas, eucalytus and crushed purple flowers, vanilla and coconut. The palate is oozing sweet berry fruit, again with vanilla and baking spices. It is supple on the palate with soft tannins. Very easy drinking and sporting a new lower price tag.
This wine may come off as a simple fruit bomb but there's a bit more going on than that...
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 20th, 2009

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177. Cat Amongst the Pigeons 'Cat Walk' Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Australia, 2007
The savoury 2007 vintage of the C.A.T.P Cabernet is quite different from the 2006 vintage fruit bomb.
The aromas are dense - dried fruits, black currents and dark earth with savoury, roasted bell pepper aromas spiked with herbs and just a hint of rubber. The palate features spiced bittersweet chocolate and cassis and has fine, mouth-coating tannins.
Would be a good pairing with grilled lamb.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 9th, 2009

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178. Cat Amongst the Pigeons 'Cat Walk' Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley Australia, 2007
Delish!
A fruit bomb with gobs of juicy black currents, cassis, lifted spearmint and fine spice aromas. The palate is brimming with bright berry fruit, the spearmint and spice return on the palate - it's ripe and supple with great acidity and integrated tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 2nd, 2009

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179. Catena Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2005
Smoky dark fruits - black current and blueberry hints with cherry. Meaty/savoury undertones with chocolate, earth and herbal notes. Medium to full-bodied on the palate showing good depth, a smooth texture and great, ripe berry fruit flavours spiked with warm spices that linger with surprising intensity.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 31st, 2008
Rich aromas--intense liqueur-like blackcurrant, smoke, minerals and dark earth. Smooth, supple and spiced on the palate with juicy berry fruit flavours, coffee and oak with a luscious finish.
It's liquid velvet, surpassed only by the unctuous Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2004 that will arrive in BC in March 2008. Its dense blackberry fruit, sweet spice, violets, vanilla, cassis and fleur de sel is velvet supreme.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 18th, 2007

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180. Catena Chardonnay, Mendoza Argentina, 2006
You can't possibly mention Argentina without speaking of Bodegas Catena Zapata and the ground-breaking science, research and international acclaim this winery has achieved.
The Chardonnay is stunningly juicy and fresh, the fruit literally jumps out of the glass!
Ripe pear, pineapple and minerals with rounded layers of butterscotch, warm spices and nutty-praline. The tropical flavours explode on your palate dragging you back to the glass again and again...
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 18th, 2007

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181. Catena La Posta Malbec Angela Paulucci Vineyard, Mendoza Argentina, 2006
A striking bottle from a quality producer, the La Posta has ripe berry aromas, smoke, a hint of meat and warm spices with toasted oak notes. Creamy smooth and full-bodied on the palate with fresh berry flavours, a rich earthiness and youthful tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 3rd, 2008

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182. Cave de Tain Cornas "Arenes Sauvages", Rhone Valley France, 2003
This wine is Christmas cake in-a-glass!
Dense and seductive aromas...black current, prune, fruitcake, and chocolate covered hazelnuts. Its medium-full on the palate with concentrated berry, warm spices, coffee and chocolate flavours. It enters supple and assured, gathers power, shows fine grained tannins and lingers noticeably...
100% Syrah
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 6th, 2007

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183. Cave de Tain Crozes Hermitage, Rhone Valley France, 2003
Gorgeous, juicy aromas...black currants, raspberries, dried cherries, dark floral notes, leather, coffee and smoked cedar. Lush with more fresh berries on the palate - vanilla soaked cherries, sweet Allspice, smooth chocolate, white pepper and supple integrated tannins.
100% Syrah
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 10th, 2007

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184. Cave de Tain Hermitage, Rhone Valley France, 2003
Lush aromas... chocolate covered cherries, sweet spices and peppery notes with rich, dark earth. A fresh yet mysterious dance on the palate with berries and fruitcake flavours, pepper and smooth roasted coffee on the finish with integrated tannins.
Cheers!
100% Syrah
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 16th, 2007

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185. Cave de Tain Saint Joseph, Esprit de Granit, Rhone France, 2003
Seductive, muscular aromas...black current liqueur, earth and sweet spices, saddle leather, cocoa and pepper notes with a hint of bacon. Fresh on the entry with blackberry, prunes and warm oak spice. Medium-full bodied, elegant with lifted flavours, lingering and smooth with supple tannins.
Good value for the juice!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 5th, 2007

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186. Cecchi "Natio" Chianti, Tuscany Italy, 2006
The back of the Natio bottle says "Made with organically grown grapes in the mutual interest of Plantlife, the Environment and Mankind".
This statement is appealing to consumers recent interest in organic wines. Organic isn't a new concept (although many think they invented it) but a return to earlier farming days. Many winemakers never stopped making organic wine and never felt the need to advertise that fact. For some consumers the jury is still out on organic wines-are they really tasty?
The Natio is. It's a lovely ruby-hue with mint-cherry, sweet beet aromas and raspberry notes. In the mouth it's fresh and juicy with bright berry fruit flavours, leather, tobacco and spice--a bit choppy on the palate but a truly refreshing, lighter-bodied red with only 12.5% alcohol!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 1st, 2007

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187. Cecchi Chianti Classico, Tuscany Italy, 2005
Enticing aromas of warm fruit cherry/currant/raspberry, tar, vanilla, dark flowers and white pepper. On the palate--smooth and earthy with juicy red fruit, leather and spice with a nice acidity. Slightly chewy and peppery mid-palate, followed by a cocoa finish. And with an appealing 13% alcohol you won't wake up with a wine hangover.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 3rd, 2007

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188. Cecchi Chianti DOCG Tuscany Italy, 2008
Made to be served with foods such as; cheese, salami or red pastas, this simple, light-bodied red has aromas of red plums and cherries, saddle leather and cocoa with fine spice and wild herbs. It is rustic, with a chalky texture, it's lifted by bright acidity and juicy red fruit, spice box and tobacco flavours linger.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 9th, 2009

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189. Cedar Creek Estate Select Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
A wonderfully fragrant young Pinot Noir with aromas of sun-warmed raspberries, cedar chips, crushed violets, hints of blueberry, leather, mixed spice and obvious peppery notes. The palate is bright, expect a sweet entry tasting of summer berries, fine spice, vanilla and mocha. It presents a silky texture, loads of acidity and fine tannins. Will pair well with the typical options of salmon or duck or drink it with cheesey mushroom polenta.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 8th, 2009

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190. Cedar Creek Estate Syrah, Okanagan BC, 2005
Brawny aromas of bramble, creamy black cherry and blueberry hints with smoked meat nuances. Luscious on the palate with rich chocolate, charred cocoa bean, leather and a long spiced finish.
Very good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 29th, 2007

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191. Cedar Creek Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Fresh, crisp aromas, citrus and minerals with a core of honey, creamy pear and apple. The palate is very bright, flavours of peach skin and melon with plenty of minerality. The acidity is bold but you can expect a creamy edge to it followed by a nice citrus-y finish.
Good value. Pair with seafood salads.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 25th, 2009

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192. Cedar Creek Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Aromas of smoky minerality, creamy pear, white grapefruit and some quince marmalade notes. It has very nice structure - layers of fruit, a supple body and snappy acidity. Expect more pear and mineral flavours on the palate with lively citrus on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 20th, 2009

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193. Cedar Creek Platinum Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2005
Lush and buttery with ripe pineapple drizzled in vanilla and roasted pear notes. A creamy body, well balanced and weighty...smoothly spiced, finishing with clove and vanilla flavours.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 29th, 2007
Butterscotch, pears and toasted scones slathered with vanilla-infused butter. A rich mouth-feel with roasted nut flavours, herbs and warm spices with a background of toasty oak.
Elegant and addictive!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 16th, 2007

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194. Cedar Creek Platinum Reserve Meritage,Okanagan BC, 2005
A classic Bordeaux-styled blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
This 2005 Meritage was released briefly at the winery during the Fall Wine Festival but will have a general released in November 07.
Up-front plummy, berry and sweet cherry aromas with vanilla and leathery notes. Smooth and creamy on the palate with rich chocolate, ripe dark fruit, nicely balanced acidity, chewy tannins and a long spiced finish.
Delicious!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 29th, 2007

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195. Cedar Creek Platinum Reserve Pinot Noir "Block 4", Okanagan BC, 2005
Juicy berry and black cherry, vanilla, leather and violets on the nose. Big on the palate with lush cherry, cedar and tobacco. Earthy and quite dense but showing fresh fruit in the mouth.
Still youthful with tight tannins. Buy the 6pack if possible, cellar and taste one each year.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 29th, 2007
To celebrate their 20th anniversary Cedar Creek will be releasing this stunning single block Pinot Noir in October 2007 perhaps.
I first tasted it on April 26 and it was lush with black cherry and berry compote, fresh turned earth, tobacco and leathery hints with a velvety mouth-texture and cocoa and cedar on the finish.
Only 220 cases.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 26th, 2007

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196. Celler del Roure "Les Alcusses", Valencia Spain 2005
Warm earthy aromas abound in this Spanish blend of: Monastrell, Tempranillo, Syrah and Mando. Sweet spice, raspberry, black cherry and blackberry aromas. It's smooth on the entry and grows more assertive mid-palate showing cherry/berry flavours, dusty cocoa and oak flavours - a slightly tart finish with lingering spiced tobacco.

Wine Scores Reviewed - March 7th, 2008

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197. Cesca Vicent 'Lo Piot' DOCa, Priorat Spain, 2003
A wine to make you fall in love with Spain...
Sweet black cherries, leather, crushed flower petals, iodine and vanilla with great supporting mineral tones. The flavours are of mixed berries and black cherry, earth and spiced chocolate it's lifted with bright acidity and the finish is substantial with firm, lingering tannins.
A blend of Garnacha, Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 14th, 2009

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198. Ceuso 'Scurati', Sicily Italy IGT, 2006
100% Nero d'Avola, the indigenous Sicilian grape gives this wine its inky purple colour and mixed blackberry and black current aromas. Direct and dark with saddle leather, iodine and sweet spice tones followed with flavours of juicy fruit, cedar, black cherry and a hint of cocoa powder on the finish. Very nice structure with integrated tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 30th, 2008

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199. Chamarre Cabernet-Grenache, Vin de Pays D'Oc France, 2004
sha-ma-ray
A pretty wine with a serious side. Red cherry and raspberry aromas, dark floral and woodsy notes with cocoa and herbs. Smooth and fresh on the palate with sweet berry fruit flavours leather and warm spice with a silky finish.
And at this price, why not stock up?
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 15th, 2007

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200. Chamarre Chardonnay-Sauvignon, Vin de Pays D'Oc France, 2004
Juicy!
Tempting aromas of pineapple, honeydew melon and vanilla with grass, sweet herbal, mineral and lemon peel notes. The Chamarre flavours will appeal equally to new and seasoned wine drinkers with its fresh and juicy entry, rounded mid-palate showing smooth, nutty-caramel and peach flavours followed by citrus and gentle lingering spice on the finish.
Chardonnay 63%, Sauvignon Blanc 37%
Great value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 21st, 2007

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201. Chamdeville Brut Blanc de Blancs, Bordeaux France, NV
Talk about sipping value.
This bubbly made from Semillon, Muscadelle and Ugni Blanc has fresh fruity aromas - apples and pears with a hint of honey,white blossoms and talc. It has a lively mousse with loads of juicy apple, pear, melon and citrus zest flavours. Easy drinking and affordable - this is the bubbly that's perfect for your sparkling cocktails too.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 24th, 2008

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202. Champagne de Venoge "Cordon Bleu" Brut Select, France NV
If you have yet to step up to the Champagne shelf and grab a bottle of
de Venoge
I think it's time you did.
It features brilliant gold-yellow glints with crisp apple, stone fruit, toast with honey and citrus blossom aromas. Creamy and fresh on the palate with mouth-filling mousse and zippy citrus flavours.
Simply lovely!
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 9th, 2007

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203. Champagne de Venoge "Vin du Paradis" Cuvee Dry, France NV
Creamy, peachy aromas, sweet crisp apple, minerality and exotic orange notes. The Vin du Paradis label stands out with its colourful art label (a replica of the original 1864 one) and will stand out on your palate with its crisp, off-dry style, slightly nutty character, creamy mousse and asian pear flavours.
Primarily Pinot Noir, try it paired with creamy cheeses or gently spiced hors d'oeuvres.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 9th, 2007

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204. Champagne Jacquart Brut Mosaique Rose, Reims France, NV
NEW - classy with great packaging!
A very, compelling, pretty, pale pink rose with continuous streams of bubbles. Creamy, yeasty, summer berries and apples, spring flowers and some peach skin aromas with honey and mandarin peel. Super fresh, smooth and vibrant with creamy berries, ginger and peachy flavours.
Elegant.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 12th, 2008

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205. Champagne Jacquart Brut Mosaique, Reims France, NV
This newly arrived Champagne has aromas of baked apple, pear and leesy/roasted hazelnut aromas with citrus zest and mineral undertones. Snaps, crackles and pops in your mouth - moussy with flavours of creamy baked pear/apple with loads of citrus. Mouth-watering acidity and a long finish that will pair very well with brie and pear compote phyllo parcels.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 12th, 2008

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206. Champagne Pommery Brut Royal, Reims France, NV
A gorgeous burnished yellow hue with persistent beads of tiny bubbles and aromas of lemon drops, apples and leesy, bead dough undertones with hints of fleur de sel....Creamy on the palate with more leesy flavours, toasted nutty praline and orchard fruit flavours - a delicious balance of fresh and bright vs.creamy and toasty...
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 4th, 2009

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207. Chanson Le Bourgogne 'Pinot Noir', Burgundy France, 2005
Sweet raspberry and pomegranate, licorice and mild spices with undertones of cherry. Medium-bodied with fresh acidity on the palate featuring spiced red fruits and cedar. Delicate in the mouth, soft, with fine tannins that linger.
Pair with fish or creamy cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 4th, 2008

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208. Charles Smith "Kungfu Girl" Riesling, Washington State, 2006
A fun Riesling that kicks butt!
Lovely straw colour with gold glints and super-fresh aromas of apples, peaches, honey, lime zest and a clean minerality. Lemony on the palate with apricot/peachy flavours, its soft yet zesty, slightly off-dry but with great acidity to balance.
A chopstick-friendly Riesling!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 16th, 2008

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209. Chateau de Cabriac 'Corbieres', France, 2006
This is a wine that you not only want to sniff all day but it seems you could never tire of its rustic elegance...
Made from Syrah, blended with Mourvedre (25%), Carignan (25%) and Grenache (20%) it smells of cherries, raspberries and perhaps a hint of wild blueberry. There are also aromas of saddle leather, garrige and crushed floral and a hint of hazelnut. It enters the palate with juicy red fruit - flavours of mocha, cedar and fine spices and leather follow. Dusty, fine grained tannins throughout.
Excellent value - without doubt.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 20th, 2009

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210. Chateau De Cabriac, Corbieres France, 2004
Warmth eminates from the glass...plums, blackcurrent and cherry aromas with spice, leather and sweet vanilla. On the palate the Cabriac is medium-bodied with chewy fruit, peppery spice, tobacco and meaty hints with noticeable tannin on the finish.
30% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 25% Carignan and 20% Grenache.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 1st, 2007

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211. Chateau de la Galiniere, Cotes de Provence, France, 2007
Lovely!
Imagine yourself, in the South of France sitting outside at a bistro, the smell of fragrant herbs all around while you are sipping this pretty pink wine - sigh.
Strawberries, spice and rosepetals with a hint of candy floss. Its juicy, refreshing and brimming with bright red fruits and crisp citrus - perfect summer sipping!
Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet and Mourvedre
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 20th, 2008

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212. Chateau de la Galiniere, Cotes de Provence, France, 2008
Typical aromas for a crisp, food-friendly rose from the south of France - strawberries and garrigue with earthy tones, leather and tobacco. The palate is dry with tart red berry fruit flavours, spice and citrus peel, it's crisp, refreshing and light-bodied with nice legnth. A refreshing patio wine or pair with a summer, seafood salad or hot frites with garlicky-lemon aioli.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 20th, 2008

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213. Chateau de Saint Cosme, Cotes du Rhone France, 2006
This wine has a lovely purple intensity with rich dark berries and plum compote aromas, chocolate and mineral notes. It is dense on the palate, soft and supple on the tongue with juicy red fruit, blueberry, vanilla and pepper on the finish. Fresh and drinking nicely despite its youthfulness but will make a nice cellar addition if you can keep your hands off it.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 29th, 2007

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214. Chateau de Sancerre Blanc, Sancerre France, 2005
The Chateau de Sancerre Sauvignon Blancs are made for food!
Stone fruit, honey and floral aromas with warm leesy, toasty, citrus and mineral notes.On the palate it's crisp and minerally with nutty/smoked flavours that pair extremely well with shellfish or soft cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 11th, 2007

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215. Chateau de Serame Minervois, Languedoc France, 2006
Bright ruby-purple, the Minervois is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan. A firm wine with plenty of berry, black cherry and licorice aromas and savoury notes of smoke, garrigue and leather. The cherry/berry reappear on the palate, the entry is supple, mid-palate brings mouth-filling tannins and flavours of spice, bittersweet cocoa and roasted coffee beans. Pair with grilled meats or hearty protein dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 17th, 2009

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216. Chateau de Serame Viognier, Vin de Pays D'Oc France, 2006
The Chateau de Serame has a very appealing price point and delivers in spades. Rich aromas - honeycomb, quince, peach compote, tangerines and lime zest. On the palate it rolls around with a slightly oily texture, shows its earthy and mineral side but captivates with oozing marmalade and exotic spices, hints of banana and a long, warm zesty finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 12th, 2007

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217. Chateau des Aveylans, Costieres de Nimes France, 2006
This fragrant wine is a blend of 50/50 Syrah and Grenache.
Pretty aromas of crushed dark flowers, blueberries, raspberry and cracked black pepper. Fresh and medium-bodied on the palate with sweet spices, fennel seeds and rosemary - savoury yet feminine, fresh and elegant with polished tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 3rd, 2008

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218. Chateau du Parc Cotes du Roussillon France, 2005
This a great find old-world red, perfect for Monday to Friday dinners at home.
A succulent and savoury blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre it shows ripe cherry, prune, dried flowers, cocoa, almonds and leathery aromas. On the palate its medium bodied with loads of earthy flavours, dried fruit, spice and dusty tannins on the finish.
As reviewd in Infamous Magazine January 2008
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 14th, 2008

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219. Chateau Haut Vigneau, Pessac-Leognan France, 2005
From the well-established negociant Compagnie Medocaine des Grands Crus comes this wonderfully priced red Bordeaux from the exceptional (and tres cher) 2005 vintage.
Great intensity with aromas of black currants and smoked plums, leather, pencil shavings, minerals and roasted coffee beans. Youthful on the palate showing dense berries, earth and cedary flavours, balanced acidity, drying tannins and a chewy finish with oak-spice and coffee hints.
Decant now or cellar for several more years.
70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Merlot.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 27th, 2008

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220. Chateau La Tour Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux France, 2004
Soft dark fruit with a creamy chocolaty note, sweet spices and a hint of banana and floral aromas. On the palate it is refined and fresh with warm spices, a smooth texture and quite astringent finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 18th, 2007

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221. Chateau Leoville Las Cases, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux France, 2004
Rich and masculine with earth, black and red currant fruit aromas and notes of spice. Dark fruit flavours on the palate with elegant cocoa, leather and coffee flavours and obvious tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 18th, 2007

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222. Chateau Paloumey, Haut Medoc, Bordeaux France, 2004
An extremely affordable Bordeaux with sweet red cherry, cassis, cocoa, leather and woodsy notes. Its aromas are reflected on the palate and the tannins firm and dusty.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 18th, 2007

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223. Chateau Sainte Eulalie "La Cantilene" Minervois France, 2004
Dark plums, earth, cocoa, smoked black cherries, savoury herbs and spice aromas. Smooth on the palate with berry fruit, leather, more cocoa and pepper. The finish lingers with spice and rich fruit liqueur flavours.
Syrah, Grenache, Carignan
Serve with crumbly aged cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 24th, 2007

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224. Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay, Sonoma County California, 2007
This delicious Sonoma Chardy features fantastic caramel apple and pear compote aromas, hazelnut praline and warm spices, mineral and citrus peel. The palate is lush and complex presenting rich lemon cream, butterscotch and sweet spice with a long toasty, citrus flavoured finish. Expect plenty of bright acidity and very well-integrated oak.
A good partner for butternut squash and corn soup.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 8th, 2009

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225. Chateau St. Jean Merlot, Sonoma County California, 2006
Fantastic aromas of juicy plum and sweet black cherry with baking spices, chocolate and vanilla undertones. Full-bodied and supple with plenty of ripe dark fruit, mocha, fine spice and smooth tannins. Very nice balance and structure.
Good pairing with rich fall stews and meats or a nice slab of Camembert cheese...
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 25th, 2009

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226. Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir, Sonoma County California, 2006
This delicious Chateau St. Jean Pinot has plenty of rhubarb and herbal aromas, cigarbox and spice with cherry and peppery notes. The palate is velvety, expect pristine, juicy fruit flavours, fine toasted spice and cedar chips with powdery, mocha tannins on the finish.
Great pairing option with cheese and charcuterie.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 8th, 2009

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227. Chateau Troplong Mondot, Saint-Emilion Bordeaux France, 2004
Lush berry and cherry aromas, dark floral and earth with sweet cola spice notes. Rich flavours and berry on the mid-palate and very tight on the finish. Cellar and be patient then crack it open and serve with some stunning Epoisses!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 18th, 2007

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228. Chateau Viranel Cuvee Tradition Rouge, Saint~Chinian, Languedoc, France, 2004
Seductive plum and briary berry aromas, spiced cocoa, savoury herbs, garrigue and rich dark earth. On the palate this traditional blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan shows black fruits, dark chocolate, coffee, smoked meaty hints and warm spices. Medium to full-bodied with pleasing acidity and fine tannins on the finish.
(garrigue - often smelled or tasted in wines from the South of France representing the terroir and shrub-like plantlife in the region)
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 24th, 2008

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229. Circus Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina, 2007
While Argentina continues to reel in wine lovers with its value Malbecs, I have become a fan of their Cabernet...
The Circus provides a seductive version of it with juicy cassis and blueberry aromas, sweet aromatic spices and cedar. The palate is medium-full-bodied and very fresh with the same decadent berries and sweet cedar box spice blend on the tongue. Providing support are earthy, smoked flavours and finally pepper spice on the finish...
Very tasty!
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 10th, 2009

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230. Circus Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina, 2009
From Escorihuela, who also produces Argentina's Don Miguel Gascon wines.
The Circus Cabernet has appealing savoury and fruity aromas of cherries, cassis, vanilla and sweet spice aromas with smoke and grilled meat lifted by fresh herbal notes. It has youthful freshness and a smooth texture with red fruit, spicy herbal flavours, a hint of roasted pepper and tobacco. Nice structure and a rounded palate leads to smooth tannins and spiced oak flavours on the finish.
A solid weekday dinner wine option.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 10th, 2009

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231. Circus Malbec, Argentina, 2007
A very savoury wine for those winter stews and roasted dishes.
Aromas of dark fruit, smoke and bell pepper with a potpourri of cedar chips and dried flowers, sausage-y undertones and plenty of pepper. The palate is full-bodied but nice and bright, fresh blackberries, spice and cigarbox with espresso flavours. It's smooth on the palate, balanced acidity and fine tannins linger on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 29th, 2009

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232. Circus Sauvignon Blanc, Argentina, 2007
This Sauvignon Blanc intrigues me - not so much the super racy version we know from New Zealand but more old-world, Loire perhaps?
The aromas are honeycomb and rich minerals, some white fruits and citrus at first, then tropical fruits appear - melon and pineapple. The palate is weighty, almost oily with soft acidity - beeswax and fresh mineral flavours reappear on the palate with just a suggestion of typical Sauvignon herbaceousness.
Elegant
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 22nd, 2009

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233. Citra Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Italy, 2007
The weekday value wine that will take you from Chef Boyardee to gourmet pizza. One litre at under ten bucks that smells of cherries and ripe berries, leather and spice is a deal. The fact that it has enough rustic character to make you feel like you are sipping vino de casa out of a carafe in Abruzzo and impresses you with its simple, mocha, cherry and earthy, leathery flavours is a bonus. Easy drinking with rough tannins but juicy flavours...
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 23rd, 2009

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234. Citra Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Italy, 2007
An excellent value.
This one litre bottle for under $10 will pair extremely well with antipasti, fish, summer salads or cheese.
Expect aromas of honey, white flowers and loads of sweet lemon with hints of almond oil and minerals. On the palate, the entry is fresh and then it rounds out with a weighted, oily texture and flavours of white fruit, vanilla, hints of caramel and spice. Crisp, with a suggestion bitter almond and citrus peel on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 20th, 2009

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235. CJ Pask 'Gimblette Road Syrah', Hawkes Bay New Zealand, 2006
For somthing a little different from the usual Shiraz from the Southern Hemisphere the CJ Pask has aromas of sweet cherry, loads of cracked pepper, vanilla and red berries with cocoa notes. Medium-full bodied on the palate with prevalent pepper, cherry and spice with bittersweet cocoa and cedary flavours. It shows a slightly dusty mid-palate texture and soft drying tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 9th, 2008

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236. CJ Pask 'Roy's Hill' Merlot, Hawkes Bay New Zealand, 2006
The Roy's Hill Merlot is a dark ruby red with aromas of charred cherries and grilled plums, earth, oak and spice with hints of herbs. The flavours are tart fruit, toasted oak, leather and spice. It's medium-bodied with loads of acidity and young tannins, on the finish it's fresh but tight.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 18th, 2008

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237. Clairault Semillon~Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River Australia, 2007
The aromas in the glass come to you - there is no denying the assertive grassy, herbal and crisp citrus-y bouquet or the elderberry, gooseberry, honey and juicy green apple notes...
On the palate it has smooth acidity with a gently rounded palate and flavours of passion fruit, citrus, cut grass and snap peas. The texture is quite lush - almost oily, the finish is fresh.
Classic pairing - seafood or creamy, bright cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 19th, 2008

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238. Clarence Dillon 'Clarendelle Red', Bordeaux France, 2003
From the house of the famous Chateau Haut-Brion in Bordeaux comes this extremely drinkable Merlot (67%), Cabernet Franc (29%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (4%) blend.
Sweet cassis, vanilla, dark earth and cocoa aromas with anise spice and mineral notes. It's silky on the palate with dark berries, coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate and spice on the finish. A seamless wine, smooth and finessed with a wonderfully soft linger.
An impressive little brother Bordeaux that will be a welcome gift.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 12th, 2007

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239. Clarence Dillon 'Clarendelle White', Bordeaux France, 2005
From the famous Bordeaux house of Chateau Haut-Brion comes this classic white blend of Sauvignon Blanc (60%) and Semillon (40%). Fresh grass, honeycomb, minerals and lemon cream aromas. On the palate - white grapefruit and lemon zest with a softly rounded texture and crisp, continuous finish.
Pair with fish dishes and creamy sauces.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 12th, 2007

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240. Clay Station Viognier, Lodi California 2007
A potent Viognier oozing peach jam, warm spice, exotic floral notes, lime peel and mango. The palate is plush and rounded, the flavours are tropical and ripe with spiced peaches and refreshing lime oil flavours and there is just a whisper of tannin on the finish. The aromas suggest this wine will be over-the-top but it reins itself in from being too overripe and unctuous.
Pair with pan-fried crab cakes topped with mango & chipotle salsa.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 14th, 2009

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241. Clay Station Viognier, Lodi California, 2005
Loads of seductive stone fruit--peaches and nectarines, star anise and honeysuckle aromas. Rich and voluptuous on the palate with juicy apricots, ginger, mandarin peel and exotic spice. A fresh and lingering finish.
A lush viognier lovers utopia!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 16th, 2007

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242. Cline 'Ancient Vines' Zinfandel, California 2007
This Contra Costa Ancient Vines Zinfandel comes from vines 80-100 yars old. It has dense aromas - dried cherries, sweet tobacco and spices, dried fruits and prune plums with a dash of white pepper. It's full-bodied with a supple texture and complex flavours. There is loads of spiced berry and mocha flavours and silky tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 13th, 2009

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243. Clos De Los Siete, Mendoza Argentina, 2007
Blended by the talent of well-traveled international celebrity vintner Michel Rolland, the Clos de Los Siete combines one half Malbec with Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah.
The nose is fresh mountain stream minerality, black currents and cherry aromas, sweet spices, smoke, espresso with hints of iodine. The palate is concentrated and smooth with plenty of spice, juicy dark fruit, tobacco and coffee. Powdery tannins cling to the palate and it has lovely, lifting acidity.
Elegant!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 29th, 2009

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244. Clos du Marquis, Saint-Julien, Bordeaux France, 2004
Robust red berry and plum-y aromas with chocolate, tobacco hints, mint and greenery and a dry, earthy palate with dark fruit and tight, youthful tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 18th, 2007

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245. Clos du Soleil Red, Similkameen Valley BC, 2007
An exceptional and elegant offering from one of BC's newest wineries. A Meritage blend (60/22/18) of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc it presents bright red fruit and leather, crushed flowers and herbs with cedarbox notes. It is very stylish on the palate, medium to full-bodied with a fine grained texture and plenty of juicy fruit. The production on the 2007 vintage is limited to 450 cases, so grab a couple when you see it!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2009

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246. Clos du Soleil White, Similkameen Valley BC, 2007
One of British Columbia's newest offerings, Clos Du Soleil, is an impressive effort between ex-Canadian Navy officer Spencer Massie, Lawrence and Sharon Herder (Similkameen Valley's Herder Winery) and with next vintage the consulting expertise of winemaker Ann Sperling of Malivoire in Niagara. The "white" is a Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of Meyer lemon and creamy meringue, melon with a sprinkle of spice, caramel and marzipan. It's elegant and fresh on the palate with ample citrus peel and hints of toast with spice lingering on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2009

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247. Codorniu Clasico Brut, Penedes Spain, NV
The Clasico, like most Cava, is made in the time-consuming traditional method of Champagne but with a price tag that will have you drinking bubbles for breakfast!
Crisp orchard fruits, hints of Asian pear, white floral, citrus and toasted notes. It has an enthusiastic mousse on the palate with juicy, uplifting citrus-y flavours and light toast on the finish.

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248. Codorniu Cuvee Raventos Brut, Penedes Spain,NV
Sweet orchard fruit aromas, yeasty/leesy and mineral notes rounded out with toast. Clean and fresh palate with honey roasted nuts and peach flavours on the palate.
Creamy and quaffable!
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 21st, 2008

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249. Codorniu Cuvee Raventos Brut, Penedes Spain,NV
Buttery toasted croissants, tropical fruit - starfruit, melon and stonefruits with exotic citric aromas followed by leesy and mineral notes. Moussy and quite fresh on the palate with caramel roasted nuts, sweet fruit and a zesty finish.
Creamy and quaffable!
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 17th, 2008

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250. Codorniu Legaris Crianza, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 2004
Creamy rich aromas, cherry, dark floral, iodine and loads of sweet spices on the nose. Creamy on the palate, a lovely smooth weight bright, jammy raspberry and blueberry flavours, more sweet spices appear on the palate - supple finish.
Gorgeous.
100% Tempranillo
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 21st, 2008

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251. Codorniu Pinot Noir Brut, Penedes Spain,NV
A celebratory Cava made from 100% Pinot Noir!
The colour is pale berry with a hint of salmon and the nose features fresh red berries, earthier leather and spiced aromas with tobacco and toasted notes. Clean and smooth on the entry with a creamy mousse and softly rounded texture spiked with juicy cranberry and citrus zest on the finish.

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252. Col de Salici Prosecco de Valdobbiadene,Veneto Italy, 2006
This newly released vintage of the Col de Salici is pale straw in colour with gorgeous aromas of creamy peaches, white flowers and candied citrus peel with a hint of mint and nutty/toasty notes. Super fresh on the palate - crisp on the entry, a creamy mousse mid-palate with flavours of honey, mineral, citrus and toast on the finish. It's off-dry with a lovely fruity linger.
Worth seeking!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 11th, 2007

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253. Colome Amalaya de Colome, Salta Argentina, 2006
From one of the oldest working wineries in Argentina comes this amazing blend of Malbec, Cabernet, Syrah, Tannat and Bonarda. It has aromas of cherries and red berries, Asian spices and smoke a bit of char and sausage on the savoury side...Smooth with peppery fruit on th palate, quite powerful and dense with good balance and a spicy smooth finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 17th, 2009

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254. Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Washington, 2005
Red fruit, earth and coffee with plummy aromas, spice, vanilla and toasted oak notes. On the palate the fruit is fresh, the chocolate dark and rich, it's medium-bodied, smooth and very easy sipping with supple tannins on the finish.
Great new price too...
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 20th, 2008

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255. Columbia Crest Chardonnay, Columbia Valley Washington, 2005
Super easy-drinking with aromas of vanilla caramels, it's spiked with cloves and creamy pear fruit with hints of melon. Sweet and creamy with juicy fruit on the palate balanced by spice and vanilla flavours.
Great new price too!
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 20th, 2008

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256. Columbia Crest Merlot, Washington State, 2005
Plums and coffee aromas with raspberry hints and sweet spice notes. Ripe fruit on the palate - plum and cherry, coffee beans vanilla, coconut and allspice give an appealing 'cola' flavour. It's supple on the palate, the tannins smooth - easy to drink - a real crowd pleaser.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 1st, 2008

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257. Concha Y Toro "Winemaker's Lot 112" Cabernet, Maipo Valley Chile, 2005
Black cherry, smoke, tobacco, leather and herbasceous hints. Smooth and earthy on the palate, seriously meaty with deep fruit flavours and smoke on the finish.
A wine for dense protein dishes.

Wine Scores Reviewed - September 20th, 2007

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258. Concha Y Toro "Winemaker's Lot 152" Carmenere, Rapel Valley Chile, 2005
The "Winemaker's Lot " wines have attractive tag labels that look like they were delivered to your door directly from the winery's cellar.
The Carmenere is deeply ruby-garnet hued and displays seductive raspberry, blueberry and warm vanilla notes. On the palate it's rich and chocolaty with lush berries and tobacco, shows nice acidity and has a velvety finish with a hint of tannin.
You will not be dissapointed.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 26th, 2007

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259. Concha Y Toro 'Casillero del Diablo' Chardonnay, Central Valley Chile, 2008
From the "Devil's Cellar", this excellent value Chardonnay continues to impress.
A kiss of caramel with aromas of pineapple, Asian pear and melon and a hint of sweet spices and vanilla. On the palate it presents sweet, ripe fruit and caramel, plenty of bright citrus and lingering spice. The deft use of oak will even make even non-Chardy drinkers see the light.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 15th, 2009

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260. Concha Y Toro 'Trio', Chile, 2008
A blend of 70% Merlot from the Casablanca Valley and equal parts of Carmenere from the Rapel Valley and Cabernet from the Maipo Valley the Trio is a very masculine wine made for dense protein dishes.
Aromas of grilled herbs and roasted red peppers, red fruit and parched earth with charred smoky undertones. The palate is supple, it grabs hold, it's very chewy and savoury with mixed wild berries and pomegranate flavours, pepper and earth with a long smooth finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 11th, 2009

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261. Concha Y Toro Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley Chile, 2008
Fresh aromas of elderberry flowers, passion fruit and gooseberry with citric and mineral notes and a hint of jalapeno. It's lively on the palate, but the acidity is rounded not angular, and features flavours of lime, gooseberry and herbs with snappy citrus zest flavours on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 22nd, 2009

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262. Concha Y Toro Frontera Merlot, Chile, 2007
Red cherries and red plums, white pepper, cocoa, vegetal notes and a suggestion of coffee. Medium-bodied on the palate with juicy plum-berry flavours, vanilla and spice on the finish.
Incredible price!
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 14th, 2008

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263. Concha Y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere, Rapel Valley Chile, 2007
Gorgeous cherries and plush chocolate aromas, grilled red peppers, forest berries and a savoury core of spices, char and grilled meat. The palate is full, supple and fresh, liberal black fruits and cherry flavours with spiced chocolate lingering. A big, dense, satisfying wine.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 9th, 2009

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264. Concha Y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay, Maipo Chile, 2005
Crisp pear, toast, nut praline and tropical fruit notes. On the plate this lovely Southern Hemisphere Chard has clean flavours, a buttery texture with ginger-pear compote flavours finished off with warm spiced oak.
Fresh and satisfying!
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 4th, 2007

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265. Concha Y Toro Sendero Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley Chile, 2006
Bright berry fruit, chocolate and rich earthy aromas with undertones of leather and savoury herbs. Rich dark earth and fruit on the palate - berries and cherry - smooth and fresh with balanced acidity, coffee bean flavours and lingering spice on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 14th, 2008

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266. Cono Sur "20 Barrels" Pinot Noir, Chile 2006
Taking Pinot Noir seriously...Cono Sur developed their Pinot Noir Project in 1999 hoping to make the best Pinot Noir in Chile and in this bottle you'll find the proof that they've been working hard.
Cherry and red berry, beet greens, savory spices and dill aromas. The palate is smooth and earthier with leather, juicy dark cherry and tobacco and the finish extends until your next sip.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 27th, 2007

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267. Cono Sur Chardonnay, Colchagua Valley Chile, 2007
The Cono Sur Chardonnay is made from grapes whose vineyards are currently in transition to organic - a process that generally takes a few years to comply with organic standards.
I applaud this - especially if the wine is tasty and the price is agreeable.
Fresh, yet ripe fruit aromas, creamy pear, honey, white floral notes with a hint of melon. Softly rounded on the entry growing more powerful mid-palate with apple peel, melon, pear and juicy lemony flavours with a brush of spice on the finish.
Very nice.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 12th, 2008

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268. Conundrum, California, 2006
Calling this a 'table wine' seems to be a shame when what's in the bottle is such an intriguing compilation that remains an aromatic secret but includes; Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Chardonnay and Viogner.
Rich, fragrant fruit aromas - peaches and mango, heady musk melon and honey, vanilla caramels and anise. Ripe fruit on the palate - tropical mango, honey, citrus jelly and mixed warm spices - pepper, cloves and star anise linger on the finish.
This wine has a lot of power and will stand up to white meat dishes or it's an obvious choice for curries and spiced plates.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 16th, 2008

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269. Cookoothama Chardonnay, Darlington Point Australia, 2006
A deep golden colour with rich buttercream aromas, spice and vanilla, toasted oak, honey roasted nuts, fleur de sel with a hint of cloves. Smooth, creamy fruit on the palate, spiced and quite boldly flavoured with loads of freshness.
Great value and screw-capped too!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 5th, 2008

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270. Cookoothama Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia,2005
Toasty and buttery on the nose with melon and floral aromas. Crisp on the entry sliding into a full, rich mid-palate with vanilla, warm spices and butterscotch followed by a long, spiced citrus zesty finish.
Good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 15th, 2007

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271. Cookoothama Shiraz, Darlington Point Australia, 2006
Jammy mulberry and warm spice aromas, chocolate, dried floral patchouli and cedar chips. Sweet, rich and ripe on the palate, lush dark fruit, chocolate, sweet allspice flavours with licorice, cedar and tobacco. easy drinking and juicy, a medium-full bodied wine that is great for burger and pizza nights.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 31st, 2008

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272. Cookoothama Shiraz, South Eastern Australia, 2006
Ripe blackberry and dark cherries, eucalyptus and exotic spice aromas. On the palate this attractively priced Aussie Shiraz is smooth medium-bodied and fresh with dark fruit and a long peppery finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 27th, 2007

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273. Cooralook Chardonnay, Strathbogie Ranges Victoria Australia, 2008
A delicious Chardy from one of Australia's wonderful cool-climate wine regions.
Loads of juicy pear and golden pineapple, honey, a hint of buttered toast, spiced nuts and citrus. Fantastically bright with vibrant fruit, it's juicy yet has a creamy edge with a long spiced finish.
Lovely concentration and freshness - the fruit shines, not the oak and it highlights the diversity Oz's wine regions.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 10th, 2009

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274. Cos d'Estournel Saint Estephe Bordeaux France, 2004
Intense garnet/purple-hued with bold fruit--plums and cherries, earth, char, tobacco and creamy lactic aromas. Big, bright and tight on the palate with a hard edge. Cellar for more several years.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 18th, 2007

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275. Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontes, Argentina, 2008
If you like Gewurztraminer you'll love the Argentine varietal Torrontes!
Succulent aromas of lychee, melon, lemongrass and orange blossoms with star anise and ginger root tones. The palate is dry but unctuous, the flavours echo the aromas with the addition of a spritz of lime and a hint of herbs, then the finish pours on the spice.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 23rd, 2009

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276. Croft Original Pale Cream Sherry, Jerez Spain
A clean, fresh and creamy, this pale sherry shows leesy notes and almond skin aromas. Sweetly smooth and fluid on the palate showing crisp white fruit - it's a lovely aperitif, extremely well suited to roasted, spiced almonds or pair it with a starter of carmelized onion and creamy cheese tarts.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 20th, 2007

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277. Crowsnest Chardonnay "Stahltank" Family Reserve, Similkameen BC, 2006
The aromas remain super-ripe from my last review - peaches, melon and pear compote scented with wild honey tones. Rounded and sweet on the palate with coddled orchard fruits, warm spices and vanilla.
Almost unctuous and lacking acidity.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2008
Stahltank translates to steel tank which means un-oaked. A surprising departure from many other un-oaked Chardonnays in BC. It has heartier, deeper fruit, super-ripe tropical and stone fruit aromas, earthy with stone minerality, vanilla and clove hints. On the palate it is round and creamy with ripe pineapple and pear flavours and a long, warm finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 18th, 2007

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278. Crowsnest Family Reserve Riesling, Okanagan BC, 2006
Yummy! Aromas of sweet canned peaches, lemon meringue, honey and warm spice. On the plate it is crisp, showing white grapefruit, green apple skin and a clean, refreshing finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 19th, 2007

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279. Crowsnest Family Reserve Riesling, Similkameen Valley BC, 2007
Lemon/lime and white grapefruit, honey and sweet orchard fruits - a fruit cup of apples, pears and apricots. Very fruity flavours, ripe on the palate with honey, gala apples and stewed apricots - quite rich and off-dry with need of a bit more acidity.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2008

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280. Crowsnest Vineyards 'Similkameen Sunset' Similkameen Valley BC, 2006
A unique orange-y colour with aromas of simmering summer berries, peach jam and ginger with undertones of marmalade. Fairly sweet on the palate with a good amount of spice flavours and crisp acidity on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2008

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281. Crowsnest Vineyards Gewurztraminer, Similkameen Valley BC, 2007
Primary tropical fruit aromas - lychee and clementines with secondary exotic spice notes. On the palate the spice takes precedence with licorice followed by citrus oil and gingery flavours. The body has a weighted, oily texture, it's off-dry and would pair best with sweet/spicy dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 22nd, 2008

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282. Cumulus 'Rolling' Cabernet-Merlot, Orange NSW Australia, 2004
From Cumulus Wines comes Rolling and Climbing with their illustrated labels--the Rolling features a female cyclist rolling along with her basket full of fruit.
Chocolate cherries and spice aromas with plummy-vanilla and tobacco flavours on the palate and dusty, spiced tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 18th, 2007

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283. Danzante Pinot Grigio, Tre Venzie Italy, 2005
In case you haven't heard of Tre Venzie before it is simply the three northeastern regions of Italy - Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia all from which these Pinot Grigio grapes were sourced. I found the style to be slightly heartier than many other northern Italian Grigios I have tasted recently with buttery fruit aromas, roasted pear and honey notes. It's softly rounded on the palate with citrus peel, spice and stone mineral flavours and a crisp, zesty finish.
Pair with antipasti platters or pan-fried white fish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 13th, 2007

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284. Danzante Pinot Grigio, Tre Venzie Italy, 2008
Tre Venzie refers to the three northeastern regions of Italy - Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia all from which the Danzante Pinot Grigio grapes are sourced.
Slightly copper in tone the Danzante has aromas of Asian pear and melon, wild musky honey, marzipan and lemon zest with plenty of minerality. On the palate it is smooth, almost slick in texture with pomelo citrus, honey and almond oil with a hint of banana. Soft rounded acidity and a long finish - would pair well with pasta with creamy mushroom sauce or dense white fish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 22nd, 2009

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285. De Bortoli "Vat 4" Petit Verdot, Riverina Australia, 2005
Opaque in colour with a lovely purplish-hue the De Bortoli Petit Verdot is luscious with blackberry, mint chocolate, cedar and vanilla aromas. Sweet black fruit on the palate--smoothly spiced cocoa, leather and coffee bean flavours. It is bright with some chewiness and an earthy, spiced finish.
Always a pleasure to meet you!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 20th, 2007

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286. De Bortoli "Vat 4" Petit Verdot, South Eastern Australia, 2006
Easy drinking and always attractively scented the Deen De Bortoli 'Vat 4' smells of crushed flowers and mulberry, chocolate, spice and cloves, vanilla, cedarbox and undertones of blueberries. Smooth chocolate slides across the palate as well as mixed ripe berries, espresso and more spice. A great barbecue wine or pair with game in blueberry sauce.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 15th, 2009

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287. De Bortoli 'Emeri' Pink Moscato, Australia
Visually mouth-watering, a pale rose petal pink with potent aromatics of muscat - honey, peach/apricot, orange blossoms and candied citrus peel. Expect a sweet bubbly, with a friendly mousse and snappy, refreshing acidity. The flavours echo the aromas making this a wine made for fruit pavlova or an aperitif paired with spicy mini appys...
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 25th, 2009

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288. De Bortoli Deen De Bortoli Vat 8 Shiraz, South Eastern Australia, 2006
Generous plums and sweet cherry aromas, plenty of baking spices and hints of banana and vanilla. The palate is smoky and sweet - meat and mocha with intense black fruits. The palate is smooth with lifting acidity and fine cocoa tannins on the finish.
A tasty mid-week barbecue or pizza wine.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 3rd, 2009

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289. De Bortoli Petit Sirah, New South Wales, Australia, 2006
A lush, opaque purplish tone with seductive aromas that jump out of the glass. Creamy, jammy dark fruit, chocolate-y mocha, ripe berries and spearmint. On the palate it has clean fruit flavours--juicy blueberries, coffee, tobacco and chocolate with tight tannins on the finish.
Highly recommended-great value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 31st, 2007

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290. De Bortoli Traminer~Riesling, New South Wales, Australia, 2007
An excellent value wine for sipping and the perfect partner for spiced foods.
It's an aromatic blend featuring mango, lychee, ginger and candied citrus peel. On the palate it's off-dry, a sweet and spicy combination of flavours with tart lemon drop flavours linked to a spicy finish.
Pair with pad Thai, curried summer salads or spring rolls dipped in sweet chili sauce...
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 10th, 2009

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291. De Bortoli Traminer~Riesling, New South Wales, Australia, 2007
A great value summer sipper or partner for your spiced dishes!
This refreshing, aromatic blend has golden-green glints with lychee, pineapple, wild honey, rose petals, lemon oil and exotic spice aromas. On the palate it's off-dry with peaches, rose-oil, spice and lime zest with vanilla and sweet lemon drop flavours on the finish. The finish cleans up nicely.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 7th, 2008

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292. DeAngelis Chardonnay, Marche Italy, 2006
A unique combination of smoke, spice and mineral aromas wrapped around melon and lemon wedges, vanilla and a hint of wild honey. Medium-bodied on the palate with spice throughout - earthy and minerally - made for food.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 29th, 2008

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293. DeAngelis Prato Grande Chardonnay, Marche Italy, 2006
A treat for Chardonnay lovers this unique version has aromas of pear and melon slices, loads of fresh mineral and creamy citrus, a hint of clove with a leesy/yeasty core. The palate is crisp and citrus-y loads of lemon, herbal, mineral and smoky, pithy flavours, it's bright with a buttery texture and tart, lingering finish.
Pair with buttery corn on the cob or halibut in herbed butter.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 24th, 2009

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294. DeAngelis Rosso Piceno DOC, Marche Italy, 2006
Cherries and sweet dark fruits, floral and leathery undertones, earth and a hint of dried fruits. Medium-bodied with tart red fruit flavours, spiced tobacco and cedar with lingering spice on the finish.
Good value Monday-Wednesday spaghetti wine.
A blend of 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 1st, 2008

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295. DeAngelis Rosso Piceno DOC, Marche Italy, 2007
Cherries and bright red berries, saddle leather and violets, hints of iodine and coffee grounds, sun-baked earth and forest floor with undertones of peppery spices and cedar. Medium-bodied and fresh with loads of tart, juicy red fruit - cherries and small red berries - tobacco and spice with great acidity and fine drying tannins on the finish.
Very good value!
A blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 6th, 2009

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296. Deinhard "Lila" Sparkling Riesling Sekt, Germany NV
A great go-to bubbly for a crowd with its appealing apricot-y, apple, lime leaf and honeysuckle aromas with a suggestion of...lavender?.
Crisp, fresh and citrus-y with stone fruit flavours and a drop of honeyed sweetness. It has a full-on mousse-y mouthful and zesty finish.
Excellent value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 19th, 2007

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297. Deinhard "Lila" Sparkling Riesling Sekt, Germany NV
This is an affordable bubbly you'll want to have plenty of stocked this summer. Keep it in the fridge for an aperitif or to make bellinis with...
Pretty aromas - green apples. citrus peel, apricots, a whiff of honey and spring blossoms. Easy sipping and quite mousse-y, the flavours echo the aromas, its crisp on the palate and the sweet citrus flavours linger.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 15th, 2009

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298. Deinhard "Lila" Sparkling Riesling Sekt, Germany NV
Always crisp and crowd pleasing!
Appealing peachy, appley aromas, citrus blossoms and a hint of petrol with honey and lilac undertones. Its fresh and snappy on the palate with a lively mousse filled with citrus and gingery flavours.
Very good value.
Serve as an aperitif or with scallop mousse with lemon zest in phyllo cups.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 24th, 2008

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299. Deinhard Classic Riesling, Rheinhessen Germany, 2007
The classic Deinhard has mixed aromas of creamed honey, stonefruit and slate, smoky earthy undertones and hints of bright citrus. Although it's off-dry on the palate it has tart, mouth-watering acidity to balance and flavours of green apples and grapefruit.
Pair with German-style potato salad or spicy noodle salads.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 22nd, 2009

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300. Deinhard Piesporter Riesling, Mosel~Saar~Ruwer Germany, 2006
Aromas of stone fruits and lemon drop, ripe apple and honey with spring blossoms. It has a tart, crisp entry with flavours of limeade and citrus peel on the finish.
A fresh, affordable patio quaffer, or the perfect participant in a spicy buffet...
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 25th, 2009

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301. Deinhard Pinot Grigio, Baden Germany, 2007
A fruit cup of orchard fruit aromas - crisp apple, creamy pear and hints of honey and citrus blossoms. The palate has a smooth, rounded texture, there are flavours reminiscent of caramel apples and a squeeze of fresh citrus. Easy drinking with an impressive finish, the mid-palate is a bit shallow, but all-in-all a good value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 12th, 2009

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302. Del Fin Del Mundo 'Southernmost' Patagonia Argentina, 2006
A blend of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet with prominent earthy notes and loads of red fruit - berries, plums and cherries with hints of vanilla. The Cabernet 'pops' on the palate with cassis, tobacco and soft spice flavours. The wine is medium-full bodied, the entry smooth, the mid-palate has an appealing dusty texture and the finish shows chewy, youthful tannins.
One of only a few wines available in BC from this very southern region of Patagonia.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 26th, 2008

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303. Delas Saint Esprit Cotes-du-Rhone France, 2007
Here's an old-world bottle that'll impress, without breaking the budget. Velvety crushed floral, chocolate and cherry, rich dark earth and warm spice aromas. The palate is supple on the entry, juicy cherry/berry flavours, spice and chocolate echo the aromas, the texture becomes somewhat dusty and it finishes on a dry, peppery note.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 25th, 2009

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304. Delas Saint-Esprit Cotes-Du-Rhone France, 2007
Appealing aromas of forest berries, leather and mocha, crushed dark flowers and orange peel notes spiked with pepper. Expect a powdery texture, it has good concentration of fruit, spice and savoury/earthy hints with balanced acidity to brighten the palate. A wine showing elegance and fruit with fine tannins and elongated finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 21st, 2009

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305. DFJ Vinhos "Pink Elephant" Rose, Lisboa Portugal, 2008
If an easy drinking pink is right up your alley then a fresh pink that supports the Elephant Family charity organization that works to save the endangered Asian elephant may be even more appealing.
The wine itself is a vibrant cranberry colour with bright strawberry and citrus aromas. It's off-dry but certainly not sweet, crisp and zippy with flavours of pink grapefruit and red berries.
Simple and refreshing...a good value wine for your spicy meals!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 9th, 2009

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306. DFJ Vinhos "Portada" Lisboa Portugal, 2006
The region of Lisboa was formerly known as Estremadura. It runs along central coast of Portugal where Lisbon (Lisboa) is located.
Very well balanced between old world rustic and new world texture you can expect aromas of saddle leather and red berries, green olives and wild herbs, sunbaked earth and cherries with hits of cedarbox. It is fresh and very smooth on the palate layered with red fruit, leather and tobacco.
Simple yet complex all at once - drinking well now.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 11th, 2009

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307. Domaene Gobelsburg Gruner Veltliner, Langenlois Austria, 2007
There are not enough Gruner Veltliners on our wine shelves - crisp and fresh with great acidity make GV's great food wines.
The Domaene Gobelsburg has bright aromas - floral notes, apple, pear and juicy honeydew melon with streams of minerality and lemongrass. Balanced and racy on the palate with primary citrus - juice and zest - minerality and a hint of grassy/herbal flavours, the finish is tart.
Lip-smacking good!
Pair with seafood appetizers, sashimi or creamy cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 31st, 2008

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308. Domaine Chandon, Brut Classic, California, NV
A crowd pleasing bubbly with impressive mousse and a hint of fruity sweetness. Aromas are yeasty/leesy with ripe melon, pear and pineapple, creamed honey, minerals and fruit blossoms. Its has a full frontal mousse with creamy fruit, loads of crisp citrus and a long zesty finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 19th, 2008

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309. Domaine de Chaberton Madeleine Sylvaner, Fraser Valley BC 2006
Really crisp and fresh .
Aromas of citrus peel, apple and apricots and a suggestion of spice on the nose. Dry and mouth-watering with a long zippy finish. Try with vinaigrettes, salads, goats cheese or shellfish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 6th, 2007

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310. Domaine de Chaberton Pinot Gris, Fraser Valley BC, 2006
Pears, apples and minerals, warm spices and vanilla notes with stone fruit, citrus and spice on the palate. A delicious Pinot Gris with a warm and rounded mouth-feel and long finish.
Tasty with creamy cheeses or pair with seafood, salads and light white meats.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 5th, 2007

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311. Domaine de Chaberton Siegerrebe, Fraser Valley BC, 2006
Aromatic!
Floral notes, lime leaf, and loads of stone fruit aromas. Fresh and grapefruit-y on the palate, mouth-watering and just off-dry this would be a nice choice with spicy foods and Asian dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 6th, 2007

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312. Domaine de Mayrac Blanquette de Limoux Demi~Sec, France NV
Limoux, the appellation within Languedoc is believe to be the birthplace of sparkling wine - not actually Champagne as most people think, Blanquette merely means white (or of white grapes). This newly released bubbly is certified 100% organic and won't break the bank.

The aromas are typically leesy/bread dough with citrus and garrigue (wild herbs) and a hint of toast. It is a lively bubbly with a bright, smooth mousse and suggests peach and gingery flavours. It's also a demi-sec which explains the kiss of sweetness on the palate.
Serve as an aperitif or with light seafood appetizers or soft cheese.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 10th, 2009

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313. Domaine de Serame Reserve Viognier Pays d'Oc France, 2007
This bold golden liquid emits aromas of wild honey and minerals, peach and citrus blossoms with ample spice. The palate provides tropical and stone fruits - again plenty of spice and citrus zest flavours that linger on the palate with a suggestion of tannin. It has a pleasing oily texture but plenty of acidity to make it refreshing.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 16th, 2009

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314. Domaine La Lieue Chardonnay, Vin de Pays du Var France, 2007
A delicious, organic Chardonnay!
Superbly fresh with lemony flavours, minerality and crisp green apple. The palate is smooth - virtually creamy with sweet white fruits and citrus. Mouth-watering and spiced with a zesty finish - delicious!
Pair with pasta in creamy sauces and fishor chicken in lemon-butter sauce.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 23rd, 2009

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315. Don Miguel Gascon "1884" Reservado Syrah, Mendoza Argentina, 2006
This label is pays homage to the original winery (still in use) built in Mendoza city in 1884 that is now also home to a fantastic restaurant called Francis Mallmann.
Certainly more Syrah than Shiraz it is a wine with bright red fruit and wild herbal aromas followed by chocolate and vanilla, a burst of blueberry and a core of savoury char-grilled tones. It is medium-bodied with plenty of juicy red berry flavours albeit lacking some depth. Expect a wine that's quite delicate on the palate, with a fine powdery texture and smooth finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 10th, 2009

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316. Don Miguel Gascon Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2004
NEW!
Sweet dense fruit--cherry and dark ripe berry aromas, earth and vanilla. Smooth and fresh with dark fruit flavours, chocolate, vanilla, tobacco and warm spice flavours followed with lingering coffee on the finish.
Appealingly lush!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 31st, 2007

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317. Don Miguel Gascon Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2006
Although there has been a change in the Gascon label since last vintage the powerful wine inside remains.
Intense, meaty aromas - boysenberry, smoke, mixed spices, savoury meat and herbal notes with pepper and a hint of dried fruit. Dense, ripe dark fruit - berry/plummy and peppery flavours, cocoa and coffee. It's earthy yet shows vibrant acidity and has youthful tannins on the finish.
A wine for meat or grilled foods.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 9th, 2008

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318. Don Miguel Gascon Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2007
Somewhat more fine-boned than its Malbec peers in the same price range, the Gascon shows blackcherry and blackberry, loads of pepper, vanilla and spice, undertones of prune and smoke and a hint of green olive. Spiced black fruits lead the palate, espresso and bittersweet cocoa and earthy savoury flavours linger on the finish. Nice elegance.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 29th, 2009

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319. Don Miguel Gascon Syrah, Mendoza Argentina, 2004
NEW!
Muscular aromatics--black fruit, smoked meat, earth and dark floral aromas. Smooth on the entry growing heatier on the mid-palate with chewy black fruit and coffee, a brush of acidity and smoky spices with lingering savory herbs, black pepper and dark cocoa on the finish.
Pair with grilled meat.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 31st, 2007

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320. Don Miguel Gascon Syrah, Mendoza Argentina, 2005
Opaque in colour with indigo glints and aromas of juicy blackberries,smoke, vanilla, spice and cedar with leather and meaty notes. Full-bodied with ripe, peppery fruit, smooth and balanced, bright acidity and lingering spice on the finish.
Very tasty!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 18th, 2008

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321. Dona Paula 'Los Cardos' Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza Argentina, 2008
Expressive and fragrant - aromas of blueberry tea and sun-warmed raspberries, sweet mint and chocolate with loads of potent floral notes. The palate is sweet and bright with fantastic acidity. Expect juicy summer berries, tobacco leaf and mint with peppery flavours lingering, the tannins are fine and clingy.
A wine that will leave you wanting more...
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 11th, 2009

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322. Dona Paula 'Los Cardos' Sauvignon Blanc, Mendoza Argentina, 2009
Vibrant aromas of white peach and passionfruit with citrus peel, grass clippings and sweet herbs. The palate is a fine balance of creamy and lively and you can expect bright flavours of sour peach, mineral and grapefruit with a tart, mouth-watering finish.
Delicious!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 23rd, 2009

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323. Dona Paula Estate Chardonnay, Mendoza Argentina, 2008
This golden-hued Chardonnay with a core of toast and spice softened by creamy pear, melon, citrus and minerality. It has a fantastic weight on the palate with a creamy texture and flavours of citrus, toasted spices, pineapple and melon with hazelnut flavours lingering. The finish is snappy and fresh.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 25th, 2009

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324. Dona Paula Los Cardos Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2006
A dense purplish hue with dark, juicy berry aromas that jump out of the glass followed with undertones of crushed flowers, chocolate and savoury herbs. Ripe and sweet on the palate - a fruit bomb of flavour supported by patchouli, cedar and fresh ground spices. Intense and supple - good value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 10th, 2008

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325. Dona Paula Los Cardos Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2007
Great value!
Expect a wine with a dense colour and opulent aromas of blackberries and black currents, cracked pepper, plush chocolate and espresso liqueur. It's supple with creamy black fruits, leather and plenty of mixed spices and pepper. Very balanced acidity and integrated tannins say, drink me now!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 4th, 2009

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326. Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino 'Progetto Prime Donna', DOCG, Italy 2003
Crushed berries and dark flowers, saddle leather and cedar box with earthy tones and iodine. The aromas follow through onto the palate - rustic, with prominent acidity, spice cedar and cherry flavours. The tannins are fine but mouth-filling and this wine has a lot of life left in it yet...
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 3rd, 2009

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327. Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino, DOCG Toscana, 2003
Wonderful smoky/sweet cherry aromas, tar and saddle leather, coffee and sunbaked earth, dried flowers, forest floor and cocoa. The palate is full-bodied and typically earthy - leather, espresso, tobacco and pepper, cedar box and fresh spiced, red fruit.
A great gift idea or special occasion bottle that already has some age!
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 4th, 2008

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328. Donatella Cinelli Colombini, 'Leone Rosso' Toscana IGT, 2004
Sangiovese and Merlot combine to make this tasty 'Super Tuscan' style blend.
Classic rustic Sangiovese aromas - saddle leather, sweet cherry, earth and red berry notes with undertones of smoke and roasted coffee beans. The palate has more assertive fruit than on the nose - good acidity and flavours hinting at black cherry, spice, leather, cedar and sun-baked earth with fine drying tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 1st, 2008

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329. Dourthe No.1 Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux France, 2007
Straw coloured with greenish hints and honeyed-citrus aromas with appealing herbal and mineral nuances. On the palate, the Dourthe shows a lovely balance between crispness and a round, smooth texture.
Pair with fresh oysters, chevre and salads with vinaigrettes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 14th, 2008

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330. Dr. Loosen, Riesling, Germany 2006
A recognizable Riesling favourite, the Dr.L features fresh lemon-lime, peach, white floral and mineral aromas with a hint of petrol. On the palate it pops fresh, sweet apricots, green apples and apricots, citrus blossoms and honey. Bright acidity cleanses the palate and makes your mouth water for more.
Consistant vintage after vintage.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 21st, 2008

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331. Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett, Mosel~Saar~Ruwer Germany, 2006
Golden hued with aromas of honey, stone fruits, slate and tea leaves. The aromas echo the palate showing ripe peach/apricot flavours, chamomile tea with honey, juicy citrus and the expected minerality. The palate is softly rounded, it's off-dry but with bright acidity.
A lovely Mosel Riesling from a great producer.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 7th, 2008

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332. Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Riesling, Mosel~Saar~Ruwer Germany, 2007
Fresh!
Aromas of lemon peel, honey blossoms loads of mineral notes and a fine seam of petrol on the nose. Off-dry with lemon/lime falvours, tree fruit and steely minerality. Tangy and crisp with a lingering zesty, mouth-watering finish.
Delicious!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 7th, 2008

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333. Dr. von Bassermann~Jordan Deidesheimer Paradiesgarten Kabinett Riesling, Pfalz Germany, 2004
The colour is honey and the aromas too. Ripe apricot, lemon drops, honey citrus zest and white blossoms with undertones of slate and petrol. In the mouth there's an initial spritz of citrus on the entry followed by stone fruits, candied zest and lingering minerality on the finish. It's off-dry but has snappy acidity to clean up the finish.
Trust me, you'll want to have more...
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 7th, 2008

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334. Dunham Froese 'Amicitia' White, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Ah-mee-CHEE-tee ah is a latin word meaning friends, it's a very difficult word to decipher on a label, but I give them credit for the thought behind the name....Dunham Froese is employing not only organic, but biodynamic practices in their vineyards which I applaud.
This fragrant blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier has gobs of stone fruit - peach and apricot - citrus, exotic floral, vanilla and honey and is liberally spiced. Slick on the palate with excellent extraction - the Viognier really pops here - and a long, hot finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 20th, 2009

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335. Dunham Froese 'Amicitia' White, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
This is a fragrant compilation of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier that I like even more than the 2007 vintage. AndDunham Froese is employing not only organic, but biodynamic practices in their vineyards which I heartily applaud.
The wine has aromas of juicy white peach and pink grapefruit, hints of caramel and warm spice, jalapeno and grass clippings with exotic floral and honey tones. The palate is smooth and rounded with layers of sweet, fresh white fruit and herbal flavours. Tart citrus and fine spice linger on the finish.
Very good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 16th, 2009

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336. Dunham Froese Amicitia, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Dunham Froese is a small winery in the southern Okanagan town of Oliver, located at the base of the soaring McIntyre Bluff. The Amicitia (Latin for 'friends') pronounced ah-me-CHEE-tee-ah is a red blend of Merlot and Syrah.
The aromas are intense pepper, cherries, chocolate and plum with savoury, meaty undertones. Red berries and plums appear on the palate, again with loads of pepper, leather and bittersweet chocolate flavours. There is lifted acidity, the texture is dusty, somewhat drying and the finish has mouth-coating tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 14th, 2009

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337. Dunham Froese Amicitia, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
This small winery and organic vineyards are located at the base of the soaring McIntyre Bluff near Oliver BC. The Amicitia 2007 (Latin for 'friends') pronounced ah-me-CHEE--ee-ah is a red kitchen sink blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Syrah. Expect soft, earthy aromas of wild berries and plums, tobacco and savoury herbal tones. It's medium-bodied and quite fine-boned with plenty of spice and cedar flavours. The tannins are fine grained and linger through the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2009

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338. Dunham Froese Estate Winery Merlot, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
A very impressive showing from a winery that is not only employing organic but biodynamic practices...
Prune plums, chocolate, juicy red cherry and leather with sage-y/vegetal notes and smoky minerality. The entry reveals fresh, bright fruit and a medium-full bodied weight then sweet spices and cedar into spiced coffee on the finish. The acidity is great and the tannins are soft making this a great wine with soft cheeses or even firm fleshed fish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 5th, 2009

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339. Dunham Froese Merlot, Okanagan Valley, 2007
Dunham Froese is located on the 700 acre Covert Farms land at the base of McIntyre Bluff near Okanagan Falls. They embrace sustainable and organic farming practices and continue to impress BC wine drinkers with their wines.
The 2007 Merlot bucks the trend of the massive, extracted versions I have been tasting recently and aims for a bit more elegance. Expect red fruit, cedar chips, saddle leather and wild herb aromas on the nose with undertones of chocolate. The palate is a bit austere, it's medium-bodied and earthy with good acidity and flavours of red berries, spicebox, forest floor and cocoa.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 4th, 2009

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340. Dunham Froese Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
The Pinot Blanc was the first wine I ever tasted from Dunham Froese a couple of years back and I think, to this day, its one of my favourites in the Okanagan.
Fresh orchard fruits like white peach and nectarine, spring blossoms and honey. The palate is snappy, zesty and fruity with nice minerality and a crisp, dry finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 20th, 2009

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341. Dunham Froese Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Sour cherry, red berries, savoury herbs, leather and forest floor aromas The palate shows bright, tart red fruit, plenty of spice and pepper, tea leaf and cedarbox and earthy undertones. Very well balanced and not too astringent - stands up well against other B.C Pinot Noirs.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 4th, 2009
Mixed red berry and tart cherry, earthy/mushroom-y aromas and cedar with hints of sage and a pinch of pepper. The texture stands out in this wine - silky against the tongue with raspberry fruit followed by savoury flavours - herbs and pepper, fleur de sel and forest floor. Loads of spice, good acidity and a substantial finish.
Pair with duck, salmon with wild mushroom cream sauce or morel risotto.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 1st, 2009

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342. Dunham Froese Rose, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
The 2008 vintage of Dunham Froese's rose has brilliant salmony-orange glints and aromas of smoked cherries, currents and cranberry with tangerine peel. Expect a bright palate with plenty of acidity and layers of mixed berry, earth, cedarbox spice and citrus flavours. The finish is long and zesty...
Perfect for a light lunch on the patio.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2009

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343. Dunham Froese Rose, Okanagan Valley, 2007
Wild red berries and smoke, earthy - florest floor/woodsy notes - light spice, tobacco and leather. The palate is off-dry, kind of spicy-sweet, with tart red fruit, citrus zest and spiced tobacco lingering on the finish. Pair with salmon or wild mushrooms in cream sauce.
Look for this hard-to-find wine in select private wine stores or, I heard you may be able to taste some at the newly opened Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver...
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 5th, 2009

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344. Echeverria Carmenere, Molina Chile, 2006
Intriguing aromas of cracked black peppercorns, sweet red berries, tobacco, earth and spices. Full-bodied and fresh, with juicy red berries on the palate, coffee beans and peppery flavours. Balanced acidity and fine tannins on the finish.
Good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 6th, 2008

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345. Elephant Island 'Stellaport' Naramata BC
StellaPort is a combination of two words "Stella",from Stella cherries that have been growing on the Elephant Island site for decades and "Port", from the fortified dessert wine classic to Portugal. Although the NV (non-vintage) Stellaport is produced in the traditional solera system method, like sherry (meaning the current juice in being blended with a combination of previous vintages), and its intriguing bottle reads like a time capsule of local and world events.
The colour is a velvety cherry juice/brickish hue with aromas of spiced, cooked cherries and clove. On the tongue it's smooth, not too sweet, tasting of cherries jubilee, dried cherries, cedar and cocoa. Good acidity lingering fine, spiced tannins on the finish.

Wine Scores Reviewed - December 15th, 2008

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346. Elephant Island Framboise, Naramata BC, 2007
You may ask why I am reviewing a product that is no longer available (you may find a few bottles lingering in private wine stores). So that you can keep in mind, the 2008 vintage when it comes available or better yet you can look out for other E.I. fruit wines this holiday season that will also be suitable to drop into your bubbly cocktails or serve with dessert.
This framboise is sun warmed raspberries, sweet and warm with liqueur-like intensity. And like any fresh berries it finishes with a tart kiss - not too sweet.
Just try to have only one sip...
Pair with chocolate lava cake or that decadent box of designer chocolates.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 16th, 2008

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347. Emiliana Organicos 'Coyam' Colchagua Valley Chile, 2005
A luscious blend of Syrah, Cabernet, Carmenere, Merlot and Petit Verdot this organic/biodynamic wine is rich and earthy with blueberries, raspberries, underlying black fruit aromas and smoke and cocoa notes. Fresh and vibrant on the palate with an appealing chewiness, nice acidity and lingering dark chocolate, warm spices and ripe berry flavours that you can really sink your teeth into.
Truly delicious.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 12th, 2007

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348. Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Aconagua Valley Chile, 2004
Classic Errazuriz elegance with dense aromas of cassis, fresh herbs, black cherries in chocolate and leather notes. On the palate it shows smooth berry liqueur flavours, a slightly chewy, earthy mid-palate, integrated tannins and lingering sweet spiced cocoa on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 23rd, 2007

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349. Errazuriz Max Reserva Shiraz, Aconcagua Valley Chile, 2006
One of the well-made Max Reserva wines, the Shiraz boasts appealing fruit and elegance. Aromas of sweet cherries and wild berries, cedar chips and purple blossoms with undertones of char, earth, chocolate and plenty of spice. The palate is supple with flavours that echo the aromas - dark berries, smoke and spice, meaty tones and dark chocolate with fine white pepper lingering on the finish. Good structure with dry and powdery tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 22nd, 2009

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350. Espelt "Saulo", Cataluna Spain,2005
This bottle (with its darling label) is a blend of two of my favorite grapes, Carignan and Grenache.
Sweet berry, earth and spiced aromas with delicate notes of rose petals in the rain. Smooth on the palate with juicy red berries, minerals, tobacco and roasted coffee, shows good acidity throughout, soft tannins on the finish and lingering white pepper.
Pair with Spanish cheeses and chacuterie.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 31st, 2007

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351. Espelt Corali Rose Emporada DO Spain, 2008
This chic rose is made from Garnacha and will pair nicely with spicy fish tacos or tapas. It's a cranberry-hued rose that releases a bounty of summer berry aromas as well as candied citrus, tobacco and fine cedar box spice notes. It's fresh on the palate and is highlighted with wild strawberries and tart current flavours, and there's plenty of spice and citrus peel throughout.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 10th, 2009

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352. Esser Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2005
Seductively rich and velvety on the nose and the palate.
An exceedingly quaffable California Cab with a price that will have you stocking up!
Lush...cassis, juicy red berries, chocolate covered cherries and sweet spices all wrapped up in a silky smooth package.
And, it has enough sweet, ripe fruit to partner with spiced Indian fritters laced with curry!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 17th, 2007

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353. Esser Vineyards Chardonnay, California, 2005
Esser has it goin' on. From the simple, clean and attractive packaging to it's appealing under $20 price tag Esser wines represent good (drinkable) value for the almighty buck!
The Chardonnay has a rich goldy-hue with super-ripe aromas of pineapple and pear, fruit blossoms, juicy lemon and sweet vanilla spices. On the palate it's a rounded, buttery mouth-full with fresh fruit flavours dressed up with more warm spice on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 17th, 2007

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354. Evans & Tate Chardonnay, Margaret River Australia, 2006
Pineapple, toasted spices, brown butter and melon aromas with streams of citrus, guava and vanilla caramel undertones. Crisp on the entry - tropical and citrus fruits supported by buttery roasted nut flavours. The freshness lingers - very good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 31st, 2008

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355. Evans & Tate Shiraz, Margaret River Australia, 2004
Mulberries and spiced mocha, eucalyptus and sweet allspice with leathery hints and blueberry undertones. Juicy and ripe with bright berry fruit on the palate, spice and tobacco with gentle power and fresh acidity.
Very good.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 30th, 2008

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356. Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oregon, 2006
Earthy and rich on the nose with smoked black cherries, leather, meaty notes and cedar spice box. Smooth with bright acidity and quite full-bodied for a Pinot Noir showing fresh cherry, smoke, earth, spiced cocoa and oak char flavours on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 15th, 2008

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357. Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson Valley, South Africa, 2005
Dark ruby-cherry coloured showing rich plum and blackcurrant aromas with vanilla, earth, chocolate and some herbal/jalapeno hints. Fresh, ripe fruit, cocoa, peppery spices and oak flavours. Stylish and layered with a warm finish and integrated tannins. Good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 1st, 2008

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358. Excelsior Paddock Viognier, Robertson South Africa, 2008
An attractively priced Viognier with aromas of lemon/lime and minerals and hints of spice and stone fruits. On the palate it shows tropical fruits and spice with a smooth, slightly oily texture, it's hot but not overly and its brightness offsets the typical weightiness of Viognier.
Surprisingly elegant for the value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 15th, 2009

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359. Fabiano Amarone Della Valpolicella, "I Fondatori", Veneto Italy, 2003
A lovely, feminine-style Amarone with pretty blueberry, dried cherry and crushed floral aromas laced with spice and coffee liqueur tones for support. Earthy with dark chocolate, leather, dried cherries and spice lingering on the palate. An Amarone that will seduce you with elegance, not pound its chest...
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 27th, 2009

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360. Famiglia Bianchi Malbec, Argentina, 2005
Plush blackberry and juicy black cherry aromas, smoke, pepper, earth and rich chocolate notes with hints of sweet herbs and roasted meat. Clean dark fruit on the entry, it's dense and earthy with a slightly dusty texture. Bold acidity with peppery spice and cocoa flavours on the finish and slightly granular tannins.
Well made!
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 21st, 2008

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361. Fazi Battaglia Le Moie Verdicchio dei Castelli Di Jesi, March It., 2006
Made from 100% Verdicchio the Le Moie Dei Castelli is a more complex version of the classic green amphora bottle we all recognize.
The aromas are musky- beeswax, forest floor/mushroomy notes, roasted nuts, oak spice, toffee and apple pie. It is supple, with a rounded oily texture, spice, citrus and roasted apple and nutty flavours that linger.
Pair with pasta or white fish in a creamy, nutty sauce or antipasti platters.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 23rd, 2009

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362. Fazi Battaglia Verdicchio Classico, Marche Italy, 2006
Unquestionably recognizable, the Fazi bottle makes me think of sipping seaside on the Adriatic in Marche on a hot summer evening.
Chilled and served with antipasti or seafood it's a definate food wine. Mineral, apple and citrus aromas with almond oil notes. Light bodied with a slightly oily texture and crisp, zesty, minerally flavours, bright acidity and a not unpleasant bitter finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 3rd, 2008

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363. Fazi Battaglia Verdicchio Dei Castelli di Jesi Titulus, Marche Italy, 2007
The Fazi's unique green amphora bottle is very recognizable - but when was the last time you sipped this Verdicchio?
Summer crisp and light this is a great food wine for fish, summer salads and antipasti platters...
Crisp pear, apple and nectarine aromas, spring blossoms and tea leaf notes. The palate is fresh with softly rounded acidity and hints of almond oil and citrus peel on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 22nd, 2009

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364. Fazi Battaglia Vino Spumante Brut, Marche Italy, NV
A very interesting bubbly made from 100% Verdicchio the Fazi Brut shows toasted, nutty aromas, deep dish apple pie and herbal notes. Extremely mousse-y with similar toasty, nutty, pie crust flavours and plenty of tart citrus to linger.
Good aperitif or will shine for fish and antipasti...
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 23rd, 2009

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365. Felino Vina Cobos Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2007
Off to a good start the aromas in the Felino are plush...ripe purple berries and molten chocolate with undertones of dark earth and roasted carob. Opulent and supple on the palate, sun warmed, juicy berries, mocha and spice lingers. Great acidity and a soft ripe finish with powdery tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 29th, 2009

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366. Fess Parker Zinfandel, Santa Barbara California, 2005
Lush!
Juicy dark berries and sweet spice aromas that return on the palate layered with fresh blueberry and chocolate flavours that linger...smooth and supple. You'll want to eat it with a spoon!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 5th, 2007

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367. Fetzer Valley Oaks Zinfandel, California, 2007
The aromatics in this wine are subdued and quite earthy - hints of cherries, spice, cedar dust and tobacco. The palate shows predominantly red berry fruit flavours and spices, it is medium-bodied and smooth with fine tannins lingering on the finish,
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 13th, 2009

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368. Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano di Avelino, Campania Italy, 2006
This hefty bottle houses an intriguing white wine with savoury herbs and pine notes, white fruit and honeycomb with unctuous mineral notes. On the palate the herbs and minerals return with clean citrus flavours, an oily texture and soft, fresh finish - perfect for fish or white meat.
As reviewed in Infamous Magazine May 2008.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 5th, 2008

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369. Feudo Arancio Grillo, Sicily Italy, 2006
This crisp white will thrill you with its sweet, dried pineapple, delicate citrus blossom and almond oil aromas. Secondary notes of minerals, citrus, stone fruit, honey and grass return on the palate - round and superbly clean with zesty acidity. Perfect for seafood dishes or light creamy sauces.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 15th, 2008

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370. Feudo Arancio Syrah, Sicily Italy, 2004
Chocolate coated plums and briary berry aromas with undertones of cherry-marzipan, sweet spices and leather. Medium-full bodied on the palate, supple and balanced with more cherry, toasted spice and a hint of licorice on the finish!
Highly quaffable!
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 30th, 2007

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371. Finca Flichman 'Oak Aged' Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2007
Bright aromas - sweet red berries, vanilla and coconut aromas with pepper, oak and a hint of cocoa. On the palate, its youthful with juicy red fruit, savoury herb flavours, loads of pepper and a hint of plums with oak and bittersweet chocolate on the finish.
Great value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 29th, 2008

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372. Finca Flichman Malbec Oak Aged, Mendoza Argentina, 2008
A substantial Malbec that is inky hued with aromas of black fruits, smoke, spiced meat. loads of pepper and a hint of wild herbs. Supple on the palate with a solid core of dark fruit and savoury flavours, nice balanced acidity and good structure. The finish is smooth with plenty of oak spice flavours lingering.
Very good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 14th, 2009

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373. Finca Flichman Oak Aged Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza Argentina, 2008
The Finca Flichman Cabernet has primary sweet berry fruit aromas, crushed floral notes, sweet herbs and vanilla with milk chocolate, coconut and a pinch of pepper. On the palate you can expect a soft rounded texture, restrained dusty red fruit and tobacco. The power builds toward the smooth finish and pepper flavours linger.
Good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 11th, 2009

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374. Firehose - Rebel Wine Company, California Riesling, 2007
Very apropos - the Rebel Wine Co's Firehose was designed to put out the fire of spicy food.
A hint of sweetness balances sweet curries with spice. Lower alcohol doesn't light the fire like a high alcohol wine would and the price is a sweet bonus.
Lime juice, honey blossoms, juicy orchard fruits and candied citrus rind aromas. Refreshing, an easy quaffer that's just off-dry with bright acidity and a slightly tart finish
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 7th, 2008

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375. Firestick Late Harvest Verdelho, South Australia 2006
Part of the Pooles Rock portfolio of wines which includes Cockfighter's Ghost the Late Harvest Verdelho is a pleasant surprise that would be perfect for spiced Asian dishes and curries.
Off-dry in style with tropical fruit, floral and honey aromas. Apricot jam and warm spice flavours and vanilla hints on the finish.
Worth seeking out at private wine stores in BC-it should be arriving shortly.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 12th, 2007

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376. Flaio Primitivo, Salento Puglia Italy, 2007
This well priced Italian cousin of Zinfandel has loads of red fruits - cherries and plums - with smoked hints, saddle leather and iodine with chocolate and espresso undertones.The palate is simple and rustic but satisfying with layered flavours of pomegranate, red currents, fine cedarbox spices and tobacco lingering on the finish. It's a smooth wine with nice balance.
Good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 11th, 2009

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377. Fleur Du Cap Chardonnay, Western Cape South Africa, 2006
This is an excellent value Chardonnay all warm and buttery with pear, mango, pineapple and citrus blossoms. Crisp and fresh in the mouth with citrus, butterscotch and oak spice on the finish--smooth and rounded on the palate with a delicious linger.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 17th, 2007

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378. Fleur du Cap Merlot, Coastal Region South Africa, 2004
Plummy and berry aromas with herbal, gravel, menthol and cocoa- notes. Smooth on the palate with hints of roasted meat, smoked plums and mixed dark fruits with new, toasted oak flavours on the finish.
A well-priced Merlot.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 20th, 2007

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379. Folonari Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie, Italy, 2008
Light aromas of lemon peel and minerals with hints of white fruits. The palate is fresh and crisp with apple and citrus, a whisper of herbal flavours and a tart finish. Pair with appetizers or seafood.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 22nd, 2009

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380. Folonari Shiraz, Sicily Italy, 2005
Sweet and earthy with aromas of vanillin oak, dark plums and smoked cherries with mineral notes. Medium-bodied, fresh on the entry with bright berry-cherry flavours followed by white pepper, oak char and toasted spices. Solid, balanced acidity, fine dusty tannins and a lingering finish.
Good Value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 15th, 2008

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381. Fork in the Road "Oliver Block 212 White", Okanagan BC, 2005
Richly coloured with creamy aromas of vanilla caramels, pears and pineapple with warm spices and nutty undertones. Rounded and buttery on the palate with butterscotch and spice flavours and a bright citrusy finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 15th, 2008
An intriguing blend of barrel-aged Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Semillon, the Fork in the Road White has rich primary aromas of juicy pineapple and honey roasted nuts with pear, melon and lemon cream notes. Bright, smooth and toasty on the palate with similar fruit as the nose and showing lingering spiced oak on the finish.
Chardonnay 78%, Pinot Gris 12%, Semillon 10%
Serve with smoked gruyere or pasta with creamy/nutty sauces.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 19th, 2007

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382. Fork in the Road "Oliver Block 249 Red", Okanagan BC 2004
Just released, the second vintage of the Fork in the Road red shows dense dark berry aromas- blueberry and blackberry - sweet spices, chocolate and dried fruit with leather and vanilla caramel notes. Rich and layered on the palate with lush fruit, dark cocoa, savoury herbs and oak spices and white pepper on the finish.
A full-bodied wine that tapers smoothly would be a great pairing with winter stews.
63% merlot,22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 23rd, 2007

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383. Foxtrot Pinot Noir, Naramata Bench BC, 2006
Is this the best Pinot Noir in British Columbia? I think it might be.
Superb aromatics, sweet cherries and violets, warm raspberries and cedar chips with undertones of leather and forest floor. The palate is supple, absolutely silky in texture, layered with tart red fruit and berries, leather, cedar and fine spices. Elegant and quite voluptuous yet juicy with a smooth finish.
It's a very young wine, under direction of my friend John Schreiner I decanted it and let it breath for at least an hour, but you can drink it now. I think I'll put a couple bottles away for the short term.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 19th, 2009

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384. Francis Coppola 'Diamond Collection' Black Label Claret, California, 2007
When you hear the old British term Claret, do you think of the leaner style Bordeaux of days gone past? I know I do, but this version from California is nothing like that.
I'd say it's more of a fruit-bomb, laden with cassis and plum cake, chocolate covered cherries, cedar and vanilla, plenty of minty notes and undertones of earth and espresso. The palate is opulent but is lifted with fantastic acidity, the flavours echo the aromas with chocolate, red fruit, coffee and spice, the tannins fine and powdery.
It's a glassful of decadence.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 20th, 2009

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385. Francis Coppola 'Diamond Collection' Chardonnay, Monterey California, 2007
Golden in colour this California Chardonnay shows plenty of caramel and spice aromas, tropical fruits, honey and vanilla. The palate, as expected, is rounded but fresh - smooth and creamy. The flavours echo the aromas with loads of sweet, ripe tropical fruit, vanilla, candied nuts and spice.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 20th, 2009

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386. Frescobaldi 'Santa Maria' Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany 2005
This new release from Marchesi de Frescobaldi, the Santa Maria, is a blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet.
The aromas are rustic - cherry, leather, cocoa, dark earth with hints of tar and peppery spices. Medium-bodied with fresh, silky flavours - more cherry, tobacco and cedarbox spices. Mid-palate to finish has a dusty texture, is lightly spiced with fine tannins on the finish.
Pair with aged cheeses, roasted meat or grilled veg.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 9th, 2008

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387. Frescobaldi Chianti Castiglioni, Tuscany Italy, 2005
Hailing from the vineyards of Castiglioni in Tuscany this Chianti (made from 85% Sangiovese and 15% Merlot) is brimming with rustic aromas of cherry, red berries, herbs, fresh earth, tar and wet leather. The flavours are bright dark berry fruit on the entry followed with pepper and mixed spice and dusty tannins and sour cherry on the finish.
Great for tomato-sauce based dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 30th, 2007

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388. Funky Llama Chardonnay, Mendoza Argentina, 2004
An unoaked Chardonnay with a brilliant yellow-hue and obvious tropical fruit aromas. Fresh pear, melon, lemon, candied toasted nuts and lemon-butter notes. On the palate the Llama is smooth and creamy with spiced pear and vanilla flavours it has a warm mid-palate that softens nicely on the finish.
Great value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 28th, 2007

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389. Funky Llama Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2005
Argentina produces some of the tastiest Malbec's on the planet--but rarely with playful labels. The Funky Llama label is a primary-hued attention grabber but the juice is tasty. Cherry, spiced dark fruit, smoked meat and cocoa with gravel stone notes, a med-full body and juicy red fruit that follows through on the finish.
Well priced!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 28th, 2007

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390. Funky Llama Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2008
If quaffing over complexity is what what you want in your wine then this red from Argentina lives up to its rather fun and colourful label. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, red fruits, vanilla and coconut with sweet spice notes. The palate is rounded and quite lush and features plush fruit flavours, oak and spiced cocoa with fine tannins on the finish.
Very suitable for a party or a barbecue.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 9th, 2009

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391. Gabbas 'Lillilove' Cannonau di Sardegna DOC Italy, 2006
A fragrant Cannonau is always welcome in my house. The Lillove has typical smoky, cherry and dark floral aromas with undertones of bacon fat, sweet spices, tar and a hint of wild blueberries. The palate is more brooding - char and savoury meaty flavours, coffee beans and cedar. Fine tannins on the finish linger with toasted spice.
Pair with rich stews or roasted meat dishes
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 5th, 2008

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392. Gabbiano Chianti DOC, Tuscany Italy, 2006
This is a bargain Chianti, light weight with fresh cherry and strawberry aromas, tobacco, leather, cedar and spice. It's fresh, light and spiced on the palate - easy and simple for your Monday-Wednesday pasta nights!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 7th, 2008

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393. Gabbiano Pinot Grigio Della Venezia, Veneto Italy, 2007
Good value (did you notice that for once BC has the best price?) this easy sipping light-bodied Pinot Grigio will pair well with light pasta dishes and seafood.
Bright minerality and fresh squeezed citric aromas, pear and apple notes with undertones of honey. Light in colour and body with a clean palate - flinty, citrus and honey flavours with lively acidity and lemon zest on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 18th, 2008

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394. Galil Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Galilee Israel, 2006
This is just one of a new portfolio of wines that recently arrived from Israel.
The Galil Mountain wines are made in a modern fruit-forward style and the labels are contemporary and attractive. The Cabernet has up-front black currant and raspberry with earthy notes and spiced tobacco. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a solid backbone and manageable tannins.
Kosher, vegan and simply tasty!
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 24th, 2008

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395. Galil Mountain Pinot Noir, Galilee Israel, 2005
This is just one of a new portfolio of wines that recently arrived from Israel.
The Galil Mountain wines are made in a modern fruit-forward style and the labels are contemporary and attractive.
The Pinot Noir has loads of juicy red fruit - red berries and cherries, leather and floral notes with sweet, smooth fruit and vanilla on the palate. Medium-bodied.
Kosher, vegan and very easy to drink!
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 24th, 2008

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396. Gancia P.rose Blanc, Vino Spumante Extra Dry, Italy NV
New! from the well-established Prosecco producer Gancia, this P.Rose is not actually a rose but a lightly hued spumante bubbly with fresh, delicate, aromas of acacia flowers, pear and citrus. Lively on the palate with fine bubbles snappy citrus and mineral flavours with hints of toasted almond and honey. A long finish with typical citrus peel flavours lingering.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 19th, 2009

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397. Gancia Prosecco "Extra Dry", Italy NV
The Gancia Prosecco, recently arrived in BC is light and bright with a pleasing dance of bubbles and aromas of apple skin, talc and minerals with a whiff of fresh lilac. The palate is creamy with a crisp edge flavoured with apple, pear and citrus peel. Fresh and fun, nicely balanced and dry with a typical pithy Prosecco finish.
Serve with patio brunches or light appetizers
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 4th, 2009

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398. Gatao Vinho Verde, Portugal
It is what it is - a bright, crisp fresh youthful wine as a Vinho Verde should be. Soft apple, peach pit and honey aromas with mineral flavours and spritzy citrus on the nose and palate. Dry, light-bodied with clean zesty flavours. Easy sipping or pair with fresh shellfish.
Great price!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 1st, 2008

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399. Gavi (Banfi) "Principessa Gavia", Piedmont Italy, 2006
This classic Italian DOCG white made from 100% Cortese is a wonderful food wine. Clean and fresh showing soft white fruit, citrus blossoms and honeyed aromas with almond skin and a hint of smoke. Pure mineral flavours, lemon zest and bitter almond on the finish - pair with soft nutty cheeses or fish.
From the Banfi sister winery Vigne Regali.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 22nd, 2008

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400. Gazela Rose, Portugal NV
Great value!
A refreshing, slightly fizzy rose that will make you smile.
Made from the classic red Portuguese grape varieties; Baga, Rufete, Tinta Barroca and Touriga Nacional, this cranberry coloured rose has aromas of marshmallow, wildflowers and strawberries with hints of spice. On the palate the strawberry and marshmallow return with candied citrus peel and tangerine flavours. Expect this refreshing pink to be off-dry but crisp on the finish. And at only 10% alcohol sip freely or pair it with spicy pork spring rolls.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 9th, 2009

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401. Gazela Vinho Verde, Portugal
Buy it by-the-case!
This refreshing, vivace white will tickle your tongue not gouge your wallet.
Made from the indigenous white grape varieties; Loureiro, Trajadura, Azal and Paderna this wine presents exuberant aromas of spring blossoms, melon, Meyer lemon and a hint of peach. It pops on the palate with a slight fizz, it has a crisp citrus-y flavour and tart, clean finish.
Pairs it with shellfish or summer salads!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 9th, 2009

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402. Gehringer Brothers 'Dry Rock Vineyard' Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2006
A light golden-hue Chardonnay with creamy pineapple and pear aromas supported by tempting notes of butterscotch, vanilla sugar and spice. On the palate its smooth and softly rounded - a light styled Chardonnay - with fresh white fruit and spiced oak on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 7th, 2008

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403. Gehringer Brothers 'Dry Rock Vineyards' Merlot, Okanagan BC, 2006
An appealing and easy-drinking Merlot from this well recognized BC winery.
Sweet, warm aromas with juicy mixed berries. It's super smooth and fresh on the palate with ripe fruit, vanilla, spices and mocha flavours with light, silky tannins.
Easy to drink on its own or pair with burgers.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 24th, 2007

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404. GemTree 'Bloodstone' Shiraz`Viognier, McLaren Vale Australia, 2007
Gorgeous aromas - fragrant crushed dark flowers, ripe blackberries and blueberries, lifted minty tones, sweet allspice and vanilla with undertones of leather and dark earth. Sweet and juicy on the entry, delicious ripe, creamy fruit, great acidity and loads of berry and floral on the palate with spice lingering on the finish.
Supple and utterly appealing.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 9th, 2009

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405. GemTree 'Citrine' Chardonnay, McLaren Vale, 2007
Minerals and doughy/leesy aromas, melon and pear, lemon drops and fresh popped-corn notes...Creamy and mineraly on the palate with flavours of butter and citrus peel. The finish snaps with vibrant acidity...
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 2nd, 2009

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406. GemTree 'Tatty Road', McLaren Vale, 2006
Blackberries and currents, creamy chocolate and Barossa eucalypt aromas...Fabulous acidity lifts this wine out of a weighted jam jar into elegance while bittersweet chocolate, pepper and mixed berry fruit flavours pair well with aged cheddar. After visiting in February 2009 I can confirm the Gemtree family knows what they are doing...
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 25th, 2009

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407. Gemtree 'Uncut' Shiraz, McLaren Vale Australia, 2006
Intense.
Dried fruits, plums and chocolate covered blackberries, pepper and smoke, leather and a hint of blueberry. The palate bursts with fresh summer berries and is supported with earthy flavours - leather, smoke and allspice. Great acidity. A solidly built wine that is tasty to the last drop.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 4th, 2008

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408. Georges Duboeuf Brouilly, France, 2007
New to BC, this exceptionally tall bottle of Appellation Brouilly Gamay has bright aromas of currents, cherries and strawberries, light spice and cedar with interesting hints of hazelnut. On the palate it's fresh and medium-bodied with plenty of juicy berry flavours, white pepper, leather and cedar. The finish is very dry with super-fine tannins.
I suggest you chill this wine in the fridge a bit before opening to make the berry flavours really pop.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 17th, 2009

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409. Georges DuBoeuf Chardonnay Macon-Villages, Burgundy France, 2006
Expect charming pear and praline aromas, smoky minerality and fine spice with sweet buttery undertones. The texture is creamy it has plenty of warm spice, citrus and mineral flavours that will pair well with nut crusted halibut or squash and ricotta ravioli.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 8th, 2009

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410. Glass Mountain Chardonnay, California, 2005
Creamy butterscotch, ripe melon, roasted nuts and grilled pineapple aromas. Well integrated oak flavour on the palate highlighted with flavours of vanilla caramels, spiced pineapple and fresh spritzy citrus on the finish.
Nicely balanced - very easy drinking!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 21st, 2008

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411. Glen Carlou Syrah, Paarl South Africa, 2005
Blackberries and sweet herbal aromas with earthy-rootsy notes and smoked game. On the palate the Glen Carlou is velvety smooth with fresh dark berries, cocoa and char flavours and lingering peppery spices on the finish.
Impressive.
Pair with roasted meat or grilled veg.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 26th, 2008

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412. Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs, Sonoma County California
A copper-tinged lady with a continuous bead and alluring aromas of red berries with undertones of honey flowers, toasted brioche, vanilla and pear compote spiked with ginger. Rich and creamy, just a suggestion of sweetness, crisp, not too toasty with exotic spices, candied lemon rind flavours and more gingery esscence on the finish.
Lovely!
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 25th, 2008

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413. Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir, California, 2005
A boldly scented Pinot Noir - forward aromas of sweet cherry and raspberry with undertones of tobacco and spice. Quite voluptuous on the palate showing creamy cherry/berry, warm spices, cedar and forest-y hints with a smooth, lingering finish.
Yum!
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 13th, 2008

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414. Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi Calif., 2006
The screw-off cap just makes it easier to access this tasty Zin.
Mixed berry aromas featuring raspberry and blueberry, coffee, chocolate, fresh tobacco and penicil shavings, pretty floral undertones and spice. The palate has more fresh summer berries, cola 'allspice' flavours, vanilla, chocolate and coffee with leathery hints, bright acidity and integrated tannins.
It'll go down as quickly as the cap comes off - and all this from 35-80 year old vines!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 5th, 2008

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415. Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi Calif., 2007
Aromas are of rhubarb and tart red fruit, spices and savoury/earthy notes with coffee bean, vanilla, tobacco and dark cocoa. On the palate it's juicy, medium-bodied with roasted coffee beans, creamy berries, spice and hints of char.
A simple, screw capped and affordable Zin.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 13th, 2009

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416. Golden Beaver 'Vin de Cure' Merlot, Okanagan BC, 2006
This is an interesting wine - similar in some respect to an Italian Amarone - made by drying the grapes after harvest. Ergo, raisined grapes with less water but more intensity.
Don't expect sweet, but rather a more subtle, earthy dessert wine with dried cherry and dried plum, kirsch-like flavours with spice and toast, clove and pepper.
You could serve with spiced dark chocolate or perhaps strong cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 19th, 2007

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417. Golden Beaver Riesling, Okanagan BC, 2006
This Riesling has a ripeness that comes from its later (November 5th 2006) harvesting but it's by no means a sweet late harvest wine.
Aromas of peaches and apricot jam, minerals and candied lemon peel. Smooth and surprisingly lush on the palate with orchard fruit flavours lightly spiked with sweet spices. Off-dry yes, but showing fresh acidity.
Very quaffable.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 27th, 2007

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418. Golden Beaver Vidal, Okanagan B.C., 2005
The label: A ginning beaver clad in boxers may not be the first picture that comes to mind when one thinks of wine but you can't argue its colourful impact. The labels are going through a minor change next vintage but the beaver stays!
The wine: Delicate aromas of apricot and apple peel with minerals and a dash of sweet spice. Mouth-wateringly zesty on the palate with loads of fresh citrus flavours and a long clean finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 6th, 2007

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419. Golden Kaan Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa, 2004
Ripe, juicy red berry and cedar-y aromas with coffee bean and pepper notes. Supple and sweet on the tongue showing fresh spiced cherries, lovely balanced acidity and lingering coffee flavours.
Good value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 16th, 2008

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420. Golden Kaan Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa, 2006
A lush, tropically scented Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of pineapple and golden kiwi, snap peas and gooseberry. Crisp and zippy on the palate with an appealing roundness on the tongue and hints of grass and citrus zest on the finish.
Perfect for those who prefer a riper, less austere style of Sauv Blanc.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 17th, 2008

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421. Golden Kaan Shiraz, Western Cape South Africa, 2005
Dark cherry red in colour with juicy blackberry and plummy aromas, loads of dark earth, cocoa, and some cherry-vanilla notes. Fresh on the entry - meaty/earthy nuances, bitter-sweet chocolate and finely ground pepper and oak spice on the finish.
Good value- pair with rich meat or grilled vegetable dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 1st, 2008

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422. Golden Kaan Shiraz, Western Cape South Africa, 2007
Plums and smoky dark fruits, loads of pepper and savoury undertones of herbs and seasoning salt. Smooth and juicy in the mouth, primary black fruit and pepper then again savoury takes hold - earthy, spicy and smoky flavours linger...
Good value - pair with rich meat or hard cheeses
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 5th, 2009

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423. Golden Mile "Road 13 White", Okanagan BC, 2006
The "Road 13 White" smells of tangerine rind, honeysuckle and key lime with a suggestion of the honeyed-muskiness of the Muscat grape. Zippy and refreshing on the palate it shows mouth-watering white grapefruit and a clean minerality with a long zesty finish.
38%Ehrenfelser, 30% Gewurztraminer, 23% Chenin Blanc, 6% Viognier, 2% Chardonnay, 1% Orange Muscat
As reviewed on CityFood.com August 13 2007
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2007

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424. Golden Mile Cellars "Black Arts 5th Element Red", Okanagan BC, 2005
The Black Arts is sporting a handsome new label this year screen-printed onto the bottles. The "Black Arts" is the Golden Mile Cellars premium level of wine that has been tenderly handled by winemaker Michael Bartier and lovingly embraced by some serious French oak.
Sweet upfront dark fruit, leather, earth, allspice, chocolate and roasted coffee aromas. Clean fruit on the palate with meaty elements, bittersweet chocolate, warm silky spices and a long toasty finish.
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2007

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425. Golden Mile Cellars "Black Arts 5th Element White", Okanagan BC, 2006
I love the Golden Mile "Road 13 White" as a crisp sipper but the "5th Element" is truly boxing in another weight class.
Primarily Viognier with the addition of 25% Orange Muscat and 14% Chardonnay this wine seduces. Honey tangerines, exotic floral aromas and a creamy fruit-cup compote of pears and peaches. On the palate it is fresh, dry and weighty with lemon/lime, marmalade, honeysuckle and mineral flavours.
A bottle to impress!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2007

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426. Golden Mile Cellars "Road 13 Red", Okanagan BC, 2006
This garnet-hued red blend shows bold fruity and earthy aromas--black cherry, plums, cocoa, smoky bacon and chargrilled meat aromas with just a suggestion of greenery.
Being all for equality Golden Mile suggests pairing this wine with a steak...or a thick slab of barbequed tofu!
Made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir--which winemaker Michael Bartier says makes the wine "absolutely much better"!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 6th, 2007

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427. Golden Mile Cellars Chardonnay, Okanagan BC 2006
A Chardonnay brimming with tropical fruit and citrus, smoke, minerals and hints of toasted nuts and spice. Smooth and ripe with a rounded texture and clean, toasty finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 25th, 2007
Fresh, ripe fruit--pear, cantaloupe and mandarin zest with floral and patchouli notes supported by caramelized nuts and vanilla. Clean and smooth with sweet fruit, lemon and spice flavours--hearty on the mid-palate with lingering oak on the finish.
Just released August 2007!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2007

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428. Golden Mile Cellars Pinot Noir, Okanagan BC, 2006
The grapes for the 2006 Pinot Noir were harvested from both Cawston (Similkameen) and from Black Sage near Oliver.
The wine is a dusty cherry colour and purely masculine in style with aromas of maraschino cherries, darkly toasted oak, smoke and leather. It's velvety texture rolls across your palate with a smooth weight and it's flavoured with red berry and cherry, spiced oak, a hint of greenery and more toast. The tannins are present but not overwhelming, the price agreeable.
Hearty food pairings required--meat, duck, roasted mushrooms and grilled dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2007

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429. Golden Mile Cellars Riesling, Okanagan BC, 2006
Verdant aromas of crisp orchard fruits, white flowers, dried Clementine orange and sweet spices. Clean and bracingly dry with limeade oil and citrus zest followed by a long, zippy finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 25th, 2007

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430. Golden Mile Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2006
A fragrant Sauvignon Blanc filled with all of the requisite grass, gooseberry and zippy lemon-lime elements you want in a Sauvignon Blanc, but it also has a hint of tropical fruit and pristine minerality with a long clean finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 25th, 2007

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431. Golden Mile Cellars Zinfandel, Okanagan BC, 2006
A second round of this tasty Zinfandel is being released in the next couple of weeks. I missed tasting it on the first release last fall but the time in bottle certainly hasn't hurt.
Coloured an inky ruby-purple the aromas feature glorious mixed briary berries - smoke, chocolate covered blueberries, sage and plummy undertones. On the palate it has ripe, creamy fruit then continues into cherries, tobacco and spice flavours with balanced acidity and supple tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 12th, 2008

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432. Gonzalez Byass Nutty Solera Oloroso Sherry, Jerez Spain
As reviewed on CityFood.com just in time for the holidays...and finally with classic pumpkin pie we like to finish with the Nutty Solera Oloroso Sherry - a tawny, mahogany coloured sherry with classic oxodized/sherried aromas, dried fruit and caramel. It's as smooth as pumpkin on the palate --matched in weight and sweetness. The nutty sherry flavours enhance the crumbly pie crust, while the dried fruit, warm spices and toffee mirror the rich, earthy pumpkin puree.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 28th, 2007

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433. Gonzalez Byass Nutty Solera Oloroso Sherry, Jerez Spain
A toffee coloured sherry with classic oxodized/sherried aromas, caramel, quince and leesy notes and roasted sugared nuts. Smooth and creamy with toffee-nut flavours and hints of warm spice on the finish. Easy, accessible and perfect paired with pumpkin pie or smoked Spanish cheese and almonds.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 16th, 2008

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434. Graceland Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch South Africa, 2005
Certainly one of the most beautiful labels I've seen in a while - the Graceland features the painting of Jean-Baptiste Regnault's "Three Graces" - Beauty, Joy and Charm - simple and very elegant. The wine is a lovely ruby-berry hue with aromas of ripe black cherries and red fruits, caramel and vanilla, sweet spices, creamy chocolate and nuts with undertones of minerality - gravel and stone and earth. Fresh red fruit hilights the entry turning to chocolate, savoury herbs and toasted spices. Supple on the palate with a smooth finish - very good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 28th, 2008

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435. Graham Beck "Gamekeepers Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007
Aromas of cherries and berries, mocha and spice hints of green beans and smoke. Smooth, full-bodied and supple with integrated tannins and mocha flavours lingering on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 5th, 2009
Black currents and mulberry aromas, toasted spices and char grill notes. The palate shows smooth layers of chocolate, fresh berry fruits, leather and earthy/minerally flavours. Balanced with good power with fine, ripe tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 16th, 2008

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436. Graham Beck Brut, Western Cape South Africa, NV
Medium-sized bubbles, earthy, minerally and toasted buscuit aromas followed by roasted almonds, apple, pear and citrus notes. Very crisp with a medium-bodied mousse, crisp fruit, savoury tones and toasty flavours with citrus peel lingering on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 30th, 2008
Richly coloured a golden-amber hue with continuous bubbles. The aromas show upfront toasted bicuits with undertones of minerals and lemon and suggestions of berries and nectarines.On the palate it is creamy with mouth-filling mousse, zingy citrus, herbal and tree fruit flavours.
Produced in the classique method with a blend of Pinot Noir 54% & Chardonnay 46%.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 29th, 2008

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437. Graham Beck Shiraz, Coastal Region South Africa, 2004
Inky purple in colour with upfront blackberry and plummy aromas, violets, chocolate and roasted coffee bean notes with black pepper and toffee undertones. Smooth berry fruit flavours on the entry, plums and spice, pepper, espresso and cocoa. Masculine and quite powerful with supple tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 16th, 2008

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438. Graham's Late Bottled Vintage Port, Douro Portugal, 2003
Earthy, dark cocoa with Christmas cake aromas - dried fruit, sweet spices and cherries - undertones of rich chocolate. Dried fruits reappear on the palate, sweet and dense, laden with cedar, white pepper and spiced cocoa flavours. Long and warm on the finish with just a hint of fine tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 15th, 2008

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439. Grant Burge 'Nebuchadnezzer' Shiraz Cabernet, Barossa Valley Australia, 2003
Another powerful Grant Burge name for a powerful wine that I have no doubt its namesake Babylonian ruler would have approved highly of.
Ripe, rich fruit--blackberry, currant and raspberry hints, fruitcake spices, coffee, chocolate and minty aromas. Superbly smooth on the palate with bright fruit and acidity, pepper and sweet spices, weighty on the tongue with a silky coffee finish.
Very impressive!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 20th, 2007

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440. Grant Burge 'The Holy Trinity' GSM, Barossa Valley Australia, 2002
Unless you've been hiding out under an old world rock you've likely heard of "The Holy Trinity". You don't need to understand the Trinity's religious significance--"The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit" to enjoy the wine either. At the end of the day it's a great name for a great wine that combines the trinity of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre.
Concentrated aromas and flavours--intense berry and dark cherry aromas, coffee, dark floral, spice and mint chocolate. Layered flavours, smooth spiced chocolate, dried fruit and coffee liquer that clings to the palate and lingers seductively on the tongue.
'The Holy Trinity' is made from combined Barossa vines that are 50-110+ years old. 39% Grenache, 36% Shiraz and 25% Mourvedre
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 19th, 2007

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441. Gray Monk "Latitude 50 White", Okanagan BC, 2006-
The "Latitude 50" series from Gray Monk are clean and crisp--easy drinking and affordable. They are also immensly popular. The white blend smells like a fresh orchard fruit-cup with crisp lemon and grapefruit flavours. A great Monday-Wednesday wine perfect for sipping or snacking-your choice!
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 5th, 2007

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442. Gray Monk "Latitude 50" Rose, Okanagan BC 2005
Aromas of Maraschino cherries, exotic spices and ripe berries it has tantalizing flavours of orange rind, sour cherry, strawberry-rhubarb compote and loads of Gamay Noir pepper on the finish. The Latitude is off-dry so don't expect a bone-dry, cheek-sucker but we love it as a summer sipper slash barbecue wine that will take us right through to turkey and cranberry season.
Reviewed on CityFood.com July 5 2007
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 28th, 2007

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443. Gray Monk Gewurztraminer, Okanagan BC, 2006
One of Wine Diva's favorite BC Gewurtztraminers of the 2006 vintage!
Sweet, developed aromatics; lychee, tangerine, floral and exotic spice. Clean and bright on the palate with a warm, smooth mouth-feel and more great spice flavours on the lingering finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 5th, 2007

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444. Gray Monk Kerner "Late Harvest", Okanagan BC, 2006
The Kerner has the aromatics to lure you back to the glass, sniff after sniff.
Peaches, pears and grapefruit swimming in rose water. On the palate it's crisp and grapey with honey tangerines, bright lime and subtle exotic spice flavours.
Attractively off-dry perfect for cheese plates served with sumer fruits or spiced Asian dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 21st, 2007

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445. Gray Monk Odyssey Sparkling, Okanagan BC, 2003
A golden-hued, traditional method sparkling wine with rich toasty/leesy aromas, wild honey, apples and obvious mineral notes. Creamy and full-bodied on the palate with ample mousse, stone fruit flavours and lemon zest lingering on the palate.
A wonderful example of BC bubbly made from Chardonnay and Riesling!
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 26th, 2008

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446. Gray Monk Pinot Auxerrois, Okanagan BC, 2006
Abundant apricot and a feast of orchard fruit aromas. Mouth-wateringly crisp on the palate with chalky minerality, bright citrus, lime leaf, a hint of sweet spice and pear jelly flavours. A wonderful off-dry sipper or paired with light dishes or starters.
Delicious!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 29th, 2007

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447. Gray Monk Pinot Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2006
Straw coloured with luxuriant aromas of white peach, passionfruit, honeysuckle, vanilla and lemons. Juicy on the entry, warm and soft with a suggestion of spice on the mid-palate followed with a warm finish. This Pinot Blanc has a lovely weight and shows good balance between fruit and acidity.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 21st, 2007

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448. Gray Monk Pinot Gris, Okanagan BC, 2006
This Pinot Gris has such an appealing peachy-hue with stone fruit, floral, mandarin orange zest and mineral notes. It has a backbone of power and elegance on the palate with bold acidity, warm spices and a long, zippy grapefruity finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 10th, 2007

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449. Gray Monk Pinot Noir, Okanagan BC, 2005
A fairly light bodied Pinot Noir with red berry, sour cherry, leather and herbal aromas. On the palate it has dried berry, tobacco and warm spices on the finish. This is a great accompaniment Pinot Noir perfect made for earthy foods dishes with mushrooms, root veg or duck.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 5th, 2007

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450. Gray Monk Riesling, Okanagan BC, 2006
The aromas on this lovely Riesling are green apple skin and a menagerie of citrus--lime, grapefruit and tangerine. Crisp and dry but soft on the palate with zesty citrus and a long mouth-watering finish.
A wine you'll reach for again and again.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 20th, 2007

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451. Gray Monk Unwooded Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2006
A refreshing and crisp Chardonnay with rich aromas of pears, pineapple, white floral and sweet citrus. Mouth-waterng on the palate with clean fruit flavours a softly rounded texture and warm spice hints with a lingering finish.
An attractive Chardonnay--even for oak lovers!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 17th, 2007

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452. Greg Norman Cabernet~Merlot, Limestone Coast Australia, 2005
The Greg Norman Cab~Merlot is dark ruby-garnet in colour with fresh eucalyptus, red currants and plummy aromas, cedar and aromatic allspice notes. Medium-full bodied with bright fruit, pepper, vanilla and sweet oak spices and roasted coffee beans with integrated tannins. Fresh and balanced with clean, precise flavours.
Very good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 10th, 2008

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453. Greg Norman Limestone Coast Shiraz, Australia, 2005
This Shiraz has a wonderful purity of aroma and freshness appeal.
Bright, juicy blackberries, pretty violet aromas, eucalyptus, sweet cola spices, fruitcake and chocolate on the nose. on the palate the Greg Norman is smooth and clean with, earthy flavours, ripe berries and a burst of acidity. It's full bodied and somewhat chewy on the mid-palate finishing with licorice, coffee and vanilla flavours.
Reviewed on CityFood.com March 2007
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 25th, 2007

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454. Greg Norman Shiraz, Limestone Coast Australia, 2005
Assertive aromas of blackberries, coffee and spice with undertones of blueberry and cedar. On the palate it's bold and bright with more dark berry fruits, spiced chocolate, dark earthy/leathery flavours and more cedar hints with medium-fine tannins and pepper on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 17th, 2008

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455. Grosset-Hill Smith Mesh Riesling, Eden Valley Australia, 2007
Eden Valley is a stunning a sub-appellation of the much warmer Barossa Valley and sits high above the Barossa floor. It produces not only exceptional Rieslings like the Mesh but many other elegant wines.
Taut as piano wire with aromas of petrol (the Aussies prefer the term marmalade), lemon drops and loads of minerality with a shave of lime zest. It pops with snappy lime and steely minerality on the palate, it has a weighted, slightly oily texture and a lip-smacking finish.
Serve with frites dipped in garlic lemon aioli or light fish dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2009

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456. Gunderloch "Fritz's" Riesling. Rheinhessen Germany, 2007
A tasty new endeavor for Gunderloch, this affordable Riesling with its simple label will appeal to non-traditional Riesling drinkers. Made specifically, as a collaborative effort, at the request of Canadian wine importer Mark Anthony Group this a tasty entry level Riesling with loads of sweet stone fruit, honey, citrus and hints of slate. It's zippy on the palate with a kiss of sweetness and flavours of peaches, green apple and lemon. Pair with pork schnitzel if you're feeling traditional or spicy deep-fried agadashi tofu if you're not.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 12th, 2009

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457. Gustav Lorentz 'Fleurelle', Alsace France, 2005
A lovely blend of Sylvaner, Muscat and Pinot Blanc with fragrant aromas of peaches, lemon drops, blossoms, and slate, minerals and obvious musky-grapey aromas from the Muscat. On the palate it's zippy and fresh with honey, pomelo citrus and peach skin. Crisp and refreshing, just off-dry.
Very pretty!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 15th, 2008

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458. Gustave Lorentz Pinot Gris, Alsace France, 2005
Creamy pear and mixed white fruit aromas with orchard blossoms, lemon-oil and whiffs of savoury herbs.The Lorentz Pinot Gris is silky, rounded and elegant on the palate showing tropical fruit hints, lemon-lime and a touch of exotic spice. A mouth-watering wine that would pair well with onion tart or gruyere cheese.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 21st, 2008

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459. Hardy's 'Stamp' Chardonnay~Semillon, South Eastern Australia, 2007
The newly arrived shuttle from Hardy's is a picnicers dream. These PET bottles boast a screw top closure that becomes a glass for your all-in-one single serving bottle. The great value Hardy's Stamp Series wines also come in the regular glass 750ml bottles so don't fear if you need more for a crowd.
This white blend has aromas of apples and honey roasted nuts, tropical fruit notes and light spice. It's nicely balanced with a creamy texture and flavours of melon, spiced citrus, Asian pear and toasty notes on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 22nd, 2009

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460. Hardy's 'Stamp' Shiraz~Cabernet Sauvignon, South Eastern Australia, 2008
Well, there's not much more a gal on the go can ask for than a glass of wine and bottle all in one piece.
I saw this Hardy's shuttle when I visited them in South Australia in February - lo and behold, when I returned home, this adorbale all-in-one glass and single serving bottle had followed me to British Columbia. Screw off the cap-slash-glass and voila, wine on the go. Perfect for the cottage or a picnic, and less than a fiver.
The contents are entirely quaffable - juicy and ripe with blackberry, chocolate and spice - the palate is supple and full-bodied...
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 27th, 2009

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461. Heath "Lizard Flat" Cabernet-Merlot, Australia, 2004
This smooth and approachable red blend will win fast approval.
Rich fruit - mixed berry notes, dark floral, cedar wood, leather and vanilla. Supple on the palate, sweet fruit and raspberry liqueur with lingering coffee flavours.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 17th, 2008

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462. Heath 'Lizard Flat' Chardonnay Verdelho, Australia 2005
Creamy pear, melon and honey aromas with undertones of grass, vanilla, coconut and anise. The flavours reflect the aromas with a crisp, citrus-y entry, softly rounded honeyed mid-palate and light lingering spice on the finish.
Good value in a 1L tetra pak.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 1st, 2008

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463. Henkell Trocken Sekt - Dry, Germany, NV
Don't let the "dry" on the label confuse you, this Henkell is more sweet than dry, but that shouldn't be a deterrent.
Ripe apricots, honey and citrus blossom aromas, mouth-filling mousse and loads of sweet fruit with grapefruit flavours on the finish.
Will pair well with spiced dishes or use in your brunch mimosas.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 22nd, 2009

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464. Henry's Drive "Dead Letter Office" Shiraz, McLaren Vale Australia, 2005
Inky and dense with black currant, blackberry, coffee and menthol aromas. Almost cassis-like with a liqueur-ish fruit extraction, a smooth finish and lingering spiced chocolate.
The Dead Letter Office is where the lost can be found and hopefully you'll find your toothbrush and bleaching kit nearby as well.
Brand new and deadly delish!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 24th, 2007

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465. Herder 'Josephine' Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Savoury, rich aromas with plenty of old-world character - brooding dark fruit and cocoa, espresso and smoked/meaty notes with herbal/garrigue undertones. The fruit on the palate is sweet with wonderful intensity, the texture supple and laden with berry fruit, sweet spice, chocolate and cherry-cola flavours. It's balanced between vibrant acidity and power. The tannins have softened since my last review, it's silky and elegant and deserves the new, higher score.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 22nd, 2009
The Herder "icon" wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit is dark, plummy and brooding initially but at this stage is slightly hidden under the earthy, meaty, smoky, chocolate and roasted coffee aromas. Savoury herbal notes, toasted spices and red cherry appear beneath the intial layers of aromas, the palate is chcocolate and sweet cherries, mocha and roasted spices. The acidity is balanced, the structure good and the ripe tannins will soften with time.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 10th, 2008

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466. Herder 'Three Sisters', British Columbia, 2007
This luscious blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Viognier should pair nicely with your harvest dinners.
Butterscotch, melon and wildflower honey aromas with papaya, pear and exotic spice notes. Rich and rounded on the palate, tropical flavours sourrounded by caramel and buttery flavours, warm spices and a squeeze of citrus to balance.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 6th, 2008

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467. Herder Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
An impressive Franc to seduce your senses...
Wild blueberries, crushed violets, cherries, black olives and chocolate shavings with undertones of savoury herbs. The entry is supple, there is plenty of lifted raspberry, blueberry flavours sprinkled with sweet spices. Good intensity and restrained power with lovely acidity to balance.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 16th, 2009

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468. Herder Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Crisp apple and pear with a squirt of citrus and sweet honeydew melon aromas underscored by warm spice, minerality and white floral tones. The acidity is snappy and citrus-y with a suggestion of butterscotch. The finish is clean, fresh and softly rounded.
Very tasty!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 31st, 2008

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469. Herder Merlot, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Concentrated espresso, cherry and dried plummy aromas with cocoa and undertones of savoury herbs. On the palate, expect juicy dark fruit on the entry and flavours of mocha, toffee and sweet spices. This is a big Merlot with fine, mouth-coating tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 20th, 2009

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470. Herder Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Aromas of fresh cut pears and peaches, orchard blossoms, minerals and a hint of spice. Smooth rounded acidity, crisp citrus and mixed white fruit flavours. A bright food-friendly wine with screw-cap topper.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 30th, 2008

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471. Herder Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Snappy and pristine, the newest Herder Pinot Gris has aromas of creamy pears, tropical fruitcup, exotic floral and loads of citrus with hints of minerality. The palate is dry with tart white fruits and citrus flavours. Will pair well with crisp summer salads and seafood.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 28th, 2009

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472. Herder Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
There is an intensity to this wine - dried fruits and liqueur - dried cherries, prune plums, Kirsch and peppery spices with typical forest floor/woodsy tones. It's medium-bodied and smooth with dense flavours - sweet fruit, espresso and Kirsch again. The tannins are fine and spice lingers on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 31st, 2008

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473. Hess Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2005
There's dense fruit and an appealing supple texture in this magnetic Hess Cabernet. Black current and fat, juicy black cherry aromas with sweet spice, coffee and dark chocolate. The aromas return on the palate with a smooth lingering finish.
Think barbecue, pizza or burgers...
83% Cabernet,11% Syrah, 6% Merlot
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 5th, 2007

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474. Hess Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2006
A blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot from vineyards in Napa, Mendocino and Hess Lake California.
If you get to California you must check out Hess in Napa Valley and the Hess Collection gallery...
Sweet, smoky cherry, leather and spice, currents and a hint of chocolate on the nose. Fresh, with bright red fruit and chocolate flavours, tannins start to grip the mid-palate and linger through the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 2nd, 2009

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475. High Altitude Malbec~Cabernet Sauvignon, Argentina, 2007
From Escorihuela who also produces the Don Miguel Gascon wines comes this consumer friendly blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas are current jelly and bright red fruit, vanilla and chocolate with undertones of coconut and sweet oak spice. The palate is supple with similar flavours of bright red fruits, herbs vanilla, coconut and baking spices, it has quite a lengthy choco-mocha finish and some bitterness on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 11th, 2009

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476. Hillside Estate Cabernet Franc, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Hillside puts out a good effort of this often hard-to-love (and often underripe tasting) variety with aromas of bright red currents, wild herbs, vanilla and hints of crushed dark flowers. The same red fruits that appear on the nose are juicy on the palate jighlighted with a core of cigarbox and fine spice flavours. It is medium-bodied with tobacco and coffee bean flavours lingering on the finish. Hillside suggests pairing this wine with duck or venison, I think a red sauce would work nicely too.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 14th, 2009

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477. Hillside Estate Gewurztraminer, Okanagan BC, 2007
The world would be a better place if there was more Gew.
I would drink this all summer, affectionately gazing at its copper-hued glints and sniffing the juicy lychee, honeysuckle, pomelo zest and grapefruity aromas. On the palate it is clean, and fresh with bright flavours of; turkish delight, lychee, exotic citrus and warm spice.
Very good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 8th, 2008

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478. Hillside Estate Gewurztraminer, Okanagan BC, 2008
Perfectly patio or paired with fresh/spicy dishes the consistently tasty Hillside Gewurztraminer presents tropical fruits and an exotic blend of floral, citrus and sweet, warm spice aromas. Crisp and refreshing on the palate with nice fruit and acid balance and a slightly rounded texture
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 15th, 2009

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479. Hillside Estate Muscat Ottonel, Okanagan BC, 2007
Quaffable perfume.
Scented with orange peel, peach blossoms, exotic spices and honeyed aromatics. Smooth and bright, softly rounded with orange peel, honey and warm spice rebounding on the palate finishing with a hint of caraway seed flavours. An intriguing wine - just off-dry and very agreeable.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 11th, 2008

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480. Hillside Estate Muscat Ottonel, Okanagan BC, 2007
Quaffable perfume.
Scented with orange peel, peach blossoms, exotic spices and honeyed aromatics. Smooth and bright, softly rounded with orange peel, honey and warm spice rebounding on the palate finishing with a hint of caraway seed flavours. An intriguing wine - just off-dry and very agreeable.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 11th, 2008

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481. Hillside Estate Old Vines Gamay Noir, Okanagan BC, 2006
The Old Vines Gamay Noir is made from vines over 20 years old - which may not be old in the grand plan but for BC it's fairly old.
It will impress you with its smoked cherry, savoury "garrigue" aromas, intriguing mineral notes and a hint of raspberry? Medium-bodied, showing fresh red fruit, earth, leather, white pepper, savoury flavours with oak spice and bitter-sweet chocolate on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 8th, 2008

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482. Hillside Estate Old Vines Gamay Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
This old vines Gamay Noir comes from Hillside's 25 year old estate vineyard.
Its a savoury wine with smoked, meaty aromas, plush wild berries, chocolate and espresso with minty/herbal undertones. Expect a creamy entry on the palate, it has plenty of bright acidity perfect for food pairing, and layers of purple fruit, mocha and toasted oak. Fine tannins cling to the finish and flavours of spice and coffee linger.
This is wine that will pair with fattier meat and fowl dishes or dense vegetable stews.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 5th, 2009

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483. Hillside Estate Pinotage, Okanagan BC, 2006
Aromas of tart cherry, earth and bramble fruits, forest floor, cocoa, charred notes and pretty undertones of crushed flowers. On the palate - sweet cherry and plummy flavours with smoky roasted beets and char, white pepper and coffee beans and lingering spice.
A wine made for roasted meat and grilled vegetable dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 15th, 2008

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484. Hillside Estate Pinotage, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
The enigma known as Pinotage (Pinot Noir crossed with Cinsault) is a rare find outside of South Africa, but Hillside makes it work.
Aromas are classic Pinotage - red berries and cherry, lovely floral tones and mixed warm spices. It's supple on the palate with dense char, rubber and smoked flavours, cocoa and sour cherries with cedar box and light spice. The tannins are soft, it has balanced acidity, and a not unpleasant bitterness lingers on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 13th, 2009

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485. Hillside Estate Reserve Merlot, Okanagan BC, 2005
Ripe dark cherries and plummy fruit, savoury herbs and smoked meat aromas with chocolate and cherry cola notes. The fruit is echoed on the palate - it shows a supple entry, a dusty mid-palate with coffee, charred meat flavours and spices.
Full-bodied with balanced acidity, this is an earthy Merlot that would pair well with roasted or stewed dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 12th, 2008

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486. Hillside Estate Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Expect a pretty copper tinge to this creamy Pinot Gris.
It has aromas of pink grapefruit, ripe peaches and pear compote with a core of caramel and praline. It is quite rounded and rich on the palate, there is noticeable oak contact creating the caramel and nutty components. The peach stone and pear aromas reappear on the palate with a hint of sweet spice lingering.
Pair with pasta in a creamy mushroom sauce or chicken salad.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 5th, 2009

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487. Hillside Estate Riesling, Okangan BC, 2007
Hillside Estate in Naramata has created this fresh, dry Riesling that shows crisp apple, juicy peach and grapefruit aromas with secondary tones of white flowers, honey and minerals. Snappy on the palate with similar grapefruit, apple and mineral flavours and a hint of lime on the finish. The finish lingers smoothly with rounded acidity that won't wear the enamel off your teeth.
Pair with salad rolls with spicy peanut sauce.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2008

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488. Hillside Estate Rose Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
This Naramata Bench blend of Merlot, Syrah and Gamay is a vibrant cranberry colour with aromas of red cherries, sweet red berries with savoury white pepper, forest floor and tobacco undertones. It hints of sweetness but has impressive backbone. The flavours are spiced berries and cedar with a brush of tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 12th, 2009

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489. Hillside Estate Un-Oaked Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Of a recent line-up of Pinot Gris' I tasted, the Hillside Estate really stood out, and not only for its gorgeous peachy hue.
Vibrant fruit on the nose - crisp pear, stone fruits, and juicy sweet pink grapefruit with chalky/mineral tones. Very expressive on the palate, clean flavours, peachy-pear, more pink grapefruit and a long zesty finish. It has a lovely soft, roundedness on the tongue.
Well-done.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 15th, 2009

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490. HobNob Pinot Noir, Pays d'Oc France, 2007
Very aromatic - crushed floral and cedar chips (potpourri), exotic vanilla and warm cherry/raspberry fruits. The aromas are echoed on th palate - sweet, floral, smooth and quite tasty albeit not typically Pinot.
Easy drinking.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 8th, 2009

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491. HobNob Shiraz, Pays d'Oc France, 2007
Very fragrant - vanilla and coconut, raspberries and milk chocolate, cherry lozenges and a hint of floral. The palate is supple, the flavours sweet - vanilla and spice, blueberry, raspberry and more coconut in the mouth. Youthful tannins linger - an easy quaffer, but don't expect a classic French Syrah...
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 15th, 2009

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492. Hope Estate "The Cracker" Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, Western Australia, 2004
In this era of the battle for visability on the shelf, Hope has taken bold to the bottle with bright red labels, solid high bottles and catchy proprietary names.
The juice in "The Cracker" matches--Brawny and spiced with an intense combo of fresh berry and dried fruit aromas followed with vanilla and sweet liquer-like fruit and spice on the palate. Lush and full-bodied, this wine aims to please.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 18th, 2007

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493. Hugel & Fils Riesling, Alsace France, 2005
Classic Riesling characteristics...petrol, crisp apple, honey and peachy aromas. Lip-smacking on the palate with zesty lemon, juicy green apple and clean mineral flavours.
Perfect with a warm Alsatian onion tart.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 24th, 2007

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494. Hugh Hamilton 'Jim Jim' Shiraz, McLaren Vale Australia, 2007
Very appealing aromas - bright and fruity- cherry vanilla, allspice with creamy blackberry notes. Smooth and ripe with dense layers of briary fruit and spice, a full texture with nice acidity to balance and a delicious linger...
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 16th, 2008

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495. Hugh Hamilton 'Jim Jim' Unoaked Chardonnay, McLaren Vale Australia, 2006
Golden-yellow hued with vibrant tropical fruit, honey and citrus rind as well as juicy melon aromas. Weighty and rounded on the tongue crisp and minerally yet full and fruity - good showing, a delicious wine.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 16th, 2008

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496. Humberto Canale Diego Murillo Malbec, Patagonia Argentina, 2006
Rich, smoky aromas-ripe black cherries and plums, an abundance of dark earth with warm spice and tarry/iodine notes. Smooth and hearty with fresh berries, pepper, vanilla, char and wood shavings finishing with hints of cherry liqueur.
Very good value - and one of only a handful of Argentinian wines not from Mendoza on BC shelves.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 15th, 2008

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497. Humberto Canale Diego Murillo Malbec, Patagonia Argentina, 2006
Rich, smoky aromas-ripe black cherries and plums, an abundance of dark earth with warm spice and tarry/iodine notes. Smooth and hearty with fresh berries, pepper, vanilla, char and wood shavings finishing with hints of cherry liqueur.
Very good value - and one of only a handful of Argentinian wines not from Mendoza on BC shelves.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 15th, 2008

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498. Humberto Canale Diego Murillo Malbec, Patagonia Argentina, 2007
Smoked black briary berries and plums, char and meaty notes with peppery spices and mineral. Smooth with a hearty, lush palate of dark fruit, smoked meat tones and pepper.
Good value wine made for meat dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 30th, 2008

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499. Hungerford Hill "Fishcage" Chardonnay Viognier, Australia 2006
Warm aromas of tropical fruit, honey dipped peaches, vanilla cream and toffee. Smooth and rounded on the palate with sweet fruit flavours, exotic spices and spiked with zippy citrus tapering to a long honeyed finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 6th, 2008

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500. Hungerford Hill "Fishcage" Shiraz-Viognier, Australia, 2005
An aromatic concoction of mixed berries, mint chocolate and cherry aromas with sweet spice and floral undertones. Smooth and meaty in the mouth with smoked flavours, ripe fruit, cocoa and peppery spices. Lushly textured with balanced acidity and supple tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 30th, 2007

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501. Hungerford Hill Pinot Gris, Victoria Australia, 2006
Crisp with peachy-pear and citrus aromas and appealing sweet-spicy notes kept pure by a screw-cap closure. Creamy on the palate with a softly rounded mouth-feel and clean, bright finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 21st, 2007

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502. I Perazzi La Mozza Morellino di Scansano DOC, Tuscany Italy, 2006
From the Grossetto region in the Maremma (by the sea) of Tuscany this warm, ripe red provides gobs of sweet ripe cherry and chocolate, crushed flowers and undertones of woodsy notes and tobacco. It's full and supple on the palate with flavours of spiced cherries, leather, cigarbox and coffee and a long spicy finish.
This wine hails from one of the properties owned by celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich, her son Joseph and Mario Batali.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 14th, 2009

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503. Inniskillin 'Dark Horse Vineyard' Pinot Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2006
Juicy peaches, crisp pear and apple, honeysuckle and orange zest aromas. Rounded and warm on the palate - ripe peaches spiked with cinnamon and cloves supported by honey flavours and hints of vanilla. The finish is long and spiced.
Delicious on its own or pair with a lightly grilled fish topped with a spiced fruit salsa.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 10th, 2008

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504. Inniskillin Cabernet Franc, Niagara Peninsula Ontario, 2004
Black currants, concentrated boysenberry and bell pepper aromas, smoked meat and dark chocolate notes. The dark berries reappear on the palate with peppery spice and more herbal flavours followed by hints of toasty oak on the finish. Medium-bodied on the palate with integrated tannins.
95% Cabernet Franc, 5% Dornfelder
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 21st, 2008

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505. Inniskillin Chardonnay Reserve, Okanagan BC, 2005
Rich buttered pear compote on the nose a dose of fresh apple, mineral and sweet vanilla oak. Toasty oak flavours on the palate, brown butter sauce and pineapple-whip. Creamy on the tongue with a warm spiced-toddy finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 25th, 2006

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506. Inniskillin Chardonnay, Niagara Penninsula Ontario, 2006
Straw coloured with golden glints this is a fresh Chardonnay with juicy pineapple and vanilla aromas with undertones of candied nuts and sweet oak. Crisp white fruit and warm spice flavours with vanilla and a suggestion of marzipan on the palate - a great sipper that lingers on your tongue but it would also pair well with creamy/nutty sauces.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 24th, 2008

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507. Inniskillin Chenin Blanc 'Discovery Series', Okanagan BC 2006
Creamy upfront orchard fruit aromas, vanilla, white floral, peach butter and warm spice notes. Sweetly smooth on the palate with lucious fruit - pineapple and peach - honeyed flavours with citrus and vanilla wrapped up in a mouth-watering finish.
Truly delish!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 9th, 2007

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508. Inniskillin Discovery Series Marsanne Rousanne,Okanagan BC, 2006
Do you want the good news or the bad news first?
Okay, the good news is this, when you review wine all the time you look for the "wow" wines. Somthing new, interesting and delish, like this one. Marsanne & Rousanne are classic to the Rhone and South of France where they produce powerful, baked fruit, floral and minerally wines that age extremely well. But the Inniskillin version impresses me with its freshness and delicateness.
The bad news is the very, very limited 78 cases available at the winery only--sigh.
Alas, sweet spiced pear and honeysuckle aromas with a backbone of smoke and minerality. Crisp on the entry with fresh quince, lush citrus and cinnamon spice, softly rounded on the mid-palate and lingering on the finish with smoke, vanilla and zest.
Bravo!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 1st, 2007

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509. Inniskillin Discovery Series Pinotage,Okanagan BC, 2006
Just Released!
This special treat arrived in an unlabelled bottle far before the release date set for the upcoming holiday season. That didn't sway me though as I dove into what I considered a curiosity, a new release wine made from the hybrid South African grape - a varietal that we hear less and less of from SA each year.
The Inniskillin Pinotage surprised me with its juiciness, it's blueberry cream, violets, milk chocolate and vanilla aromas. And, it had me coming back for more of its fresh berry and coffee flavours with mouth-watering acidity and smooth texture.
I strongly suggest you track some down to go with your holiday dinners - turkey, lamb or salmon or creamy cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 18th, 2007

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510. Inniskillin Discovery Series Zinfandel, Okanagan BC, 2005
Impressive berry aromas - blueberry and blackberry - cedar, warm spices, tobacco and raspberry hints. Similar juicy berry flavours on the entry, bright acidity and a chewy mid-palate with bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavours lingering on the finish amid youthful tannins.
A great gift idea for us wine geeks who have a cellar and want to hold onto it for a couple more years.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 25th, 2007

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511. Inniskillin Malbec 'Discovery Series', Okanagan BC, 2005
The nose has ripe dark berry aromas with meaty notes, smoke, chocolate, dried plums and lots of pepper. Shows fresh fruit yet earthy elements on the palate, medium-full bodied with spiced oak and managable tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 10th, 2007
Although there was only 550 cases of this Malbec produced you may be lucky enough to find a bottle or two at select VQA wine stores.
The nose has ripe black fruit and blueberry? with meaty notes, smoke, chocolate covered black cherries, dried fruit and peppery hints. Shows fresh fruit yet earthy elements on the palate, medium-full bodied with spiced oak and managable tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 23rd, 2007

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512. Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Chardonnay, Niagara Ontario, 2006
This single vineyard Montague Chardonnay has heavy toasted aromas with toffee, spice and undertones of white fruit. On the palate it's fresh on the entry, flavours are crisp with citrus, caramel and lingering sweet vanilla.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 22nd, 2008

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513. Inniskillin Pinot Grigio, Okanagan BC, 2007
The 2007 Pinot Grigio has delightful peachy glints with aromas of anjou pear, ripe melon, vanilla, honey and sweet spices. Rounded on the palate with creamy, spiced tree fruits, bright acidity and a clean citrusy finish.
Good value and very tasty!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2008

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514. Inniskillin Pinot Noir, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, 2006
A brilliant ruby colour with aromas of sour red berries, saddle leather, dried flowers and cedar. Plenty of fine dusty tannins throughout with mouthwatering cranberry flavours, cedar wood and spice with a tart finish.
Serve with soft cheeses or mushrooms in cream sauces.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 25th, 2008

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515. Inniskillin Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2006
Fresh aromas - crisp green pears, lemon, oak spice and white fruit undertones. More lemony flavours on the palate with caramel, spice, creamy tree fruit, licorice and a hint of spiced pineapple on the finish. There is a light touch with the oak in this wine - perfect for those who prefer their Chardonnay crisp rather than buttery.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2008

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516. Inniskillin Reserve Merlot, Okanagan Valley BC, 2005
Plums and savoury herbal aromas. dark earth, cedar and cocoa with undertones of cherry and oak spice. Muscular on the palate, the entry is smooth with dense flavours of cherry, tobacco, spice, leathery tones with oak and charred hints. Dry with a dusty mid-palate texture, nice acidity to balance with youthful, quite grippy tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 15th, 2008

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517. Inniskillin Riesling Icewine, Okanagan BC, 2006
A lush treat of honeyed apricots and Earl Grey tea aromas rich and slick on the palate with dried apricots, candied citrus peel and creamy ginger. A lovely bright crispness on the finish balances this well-made liquid confection.
Serve with lemon-curd pavlovas or strong cheese.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 19th, 2007

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518. Inniskillin Riesling, Niagara Peninsula Ontario, 2006
Brilliant and straw-hued with apricots, crisp apples, honey, minerals and orange peel notes. Very light-bodied with primary lime flavours and secondary, apricot, green pear and apple flavours with a mouthwatering finish.
Release date May 2007 in Ontario.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 21st, 2008

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519. Inniskillin Vidal Icewine Commemorative Edition, Niagara On, 2006
A light golden coloured liquid with apricots in honey, quince, orange blossoms and Earl Grey tea aromas. Smooth and sweet on the palate, a slick weight with great acidity to balance the sweetness. Vibrant citrus zest on the tail end with a mouth-watering finish and substantial linger.
A good gift idea for those with 2010 fever - partial proceeds from each bottle sold go to support the Canadian Olympic team and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 16th, 2008

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520. Inniskillin Vidal Icewine, Niagara Ontario, 2006
Liquid gold in a glass with luscious apricots in honey syrup, tea leaves and pear jam with candied ginger. Weighty and smooth on the tongue, more stone fruit side-by-side with preserved citrus bathing in fresh acidity. Forget dessert - you've got Icewine!
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 24th, 2008

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521. Ironstone Obsession "Symphony", California, 2005
This University of California Davis developed hybrid grape called Symphony--a cross of the varietals Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris--give this wine its orange blossom, honey and apricot/peachy aromas. On the palate it is off-dry with exotic (Gewurztraminer-like) spice flavours, lime zest and mouth-watering acidity on the finish to clean it all up.
Romancing the grape-great as a sipper or with sweet and spicy Asian dishes.
Reviewed on CityFood.com October 31 2007
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 28th, 2007

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522. Isabel Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand, 2008
One of the consistently best producers of Sauvignon Blanc I have tasted from New Zealand. Although it has all of the stunning aromatics that is classic to this region it does not fall short on the palate like many other Kiwi Sauv Blancs do...
Aromas are of elderflower, nettles and gooseberry, pineapple and cactus pear with loads of elegant minerality. That limestone minerality carries through on the palate with excellent concentration of fruit and citrus. Expect mouth-watering acidity and a softly rounded - bordering on lush - palate but it maintains its snappy character and lingers impressively...
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 20th, 2009

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523. J.G. Carrion Cristalino Cava Brut, Spain, NV
A brand new bubbly for Canadians. This Cristalino is already the #2 selling Cava in the USA.
It emits appealing aromas of bright pear and apple pie, talc, caramel corn, sweet spice and toasted nuts with leesy undertones. The palate is creamy, it has good complexity for the price and soft flavours of apple, citrus and minerals.
Utterly quaffable!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 5th, 2009

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524. J.G. Carrion Opera Prima Charmat Sparkling, Spain, NV
Made from a blend of Airen & Macabeo grapes this affordable bubbly is made in the less labour intensive bulk method of production - ergo the attractive price.
It has fruit-cup aromas - peaches, pears and apple peel with hints of floral and talc and a whiff of honey. The palate is off-dry but its an easy sipping bubbly with a creamy texture and enough acidity to keep it fresh.
Great with small appetizers or as an aperitif.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 22nd, 2009

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525. J.G.Carrion Cristalino Cava Rosado Brut, Spain NV
Brand new! Just arrived in Canada, this well-established Spanish Cava has finally slid over the border and landed on our shelves.
The rose is cranberry red in colour and has aromas of forest berries, tobacco leaf, cocoa nibs and strawberries with hints of rhubarb and toast. The palate is creamy it shows bright red fruit flavours, cedarbox, leather, toast and citrus, toasted spice and nutmeg. It has a long bold finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 25th, 2009

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526. J.H Selbach 'S' Riesling, Mosel Germany, 2007
Just arrived!
A new product (with screw-cap) from Selbach - pale straw in colour with clean, crisp aromas featuring lemon, white peach and white grapefruit, slate with a hint of smoke, warm honey and undertones of lemony herbs. The palate kicks off with snappy, zesty acidity, a pop of sweetness rolls in mid-palate and the finish is mouth-watering with a bit of grapefruit pith.
Clean, off-dry, very refreshing and what a great linger.
Yum!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 19th, 2008

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527. Jackson-Triggs 'Sunrock Vineyard' Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2005
This single vineyard Chardonnay spent 12 months in a combination of French and American oak. It shows buttery, nutty brioche, roasted pear, melon and creamy spice aromas. Lush tropical flavours on the palate with toasty spice, deft oak and a warm, smooth finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 23rd, 2007

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528. Jackson-Triggs Proprietors' Reserve Cabernet Franc Rose, Okanagan BC, 2007
Cranberry coloured with aromas of strawberries, currants and black cherry with melon notes and a hint of vanilla. Crisp on the palate with summer berries, citrus peel, melon and cedar spices. Off-dry with bright acidity, good power mid-palate and a suggestion of pepper on the finish.
Very tasty - great for sipping or take it to a barbecue!
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 18th, 2008

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529. Jackson-Triggs Proprietors' Reserve Shiraz, Okanagan Valley, 2005
A luscious, inky and opaque purple colour with intense aromas to match! The JT Proprietors' Reserve Shiraz has classic elegance combined with modernly styled fruit and spice.
Rich plum and sweet black cherry, fresh turned earth and cracked pepper. On the palate it is full-bodied and smooth with sweet vanilla and warm spice, cocoa and coffee flavours followed with fine, smooth tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 28th, 2007

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530. Jackson~Triggs 'Proprietors' Grand Reserve' Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Aromatic and fragrant with creamy pear, pineapple and vanilla, grass cuttings, golden kiwi and honey tones. Crisp on the palate the edges rounded gently giving a smooth layer to the acidity - fresh fruit, grass and spice flavours that linger on the finish.
Very good.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 18th, 2008

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531. Jackson~Triggs Dry Riesling, Okanagan BC, 2007
There are wonderful fruity aromas in this Riesling - juicy peaches, crisp pears, kumquat citrus and lemon zest with whiffs of apple blossoms. Zippy on the palate - super fresh with lovely peach, white grapefruit and orange peel flavours. Bright, smooth acidity on the finish with lingering zesty flavours.
Good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 22nd, 2008

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532. Jackson~Triggs Grand Reserve Meritage (white), Okanagan BC, 2005
The rich aromas may surprise you in this BC version of a white Bordeaux(80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon) blend.
Orange marmalade and honeycomb aromas, grassy/herbal notes, butter roasted nuts and caramel with crisp lemon/lime undertones. On the palate it's rounded, still fresh even with some age, sweet herbal and citrus flavours with a strong, lingering finish.
An interesting wine that would pair well with grilled fish or chicken in a honey, lime and herbed butter sauce.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 7th, 2008

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533. Jackson~Triggs Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2007
Ripe and fruity aromas - peaches, pears and citrus upfront with undertones of grass and sweet herbs. Smooth and spiced with a lovely weight on the palate, creamy pear and crisp citrus flavours with soft acidity on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2008

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534. Jackson~Triggs Unoaked Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2006
Perfect for a crisp summer quaffer or seafood pairing option - unoaked Chard is a good choice for Chardonnay lovers.
The JT version has aromas of apple and marzipan with hints of honeydew and undertones of minerality. On the palate it is crisp and fresh with flavours of pear/apple, citrus and honey. Its texture is softly rounded and suggests spice and zest on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 7th, 2008

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535. Jackson~Triggs Viognier, Okanagan BC, 2007
I always look forward to BC summer wines and this is certainly one of my faves.
The aromatics feature orange blossoms, mountain stream minerality, peaches, honey and crisp citrus rind. In the mouth its fresh with a lovely weight - not flabby or oily - the flavours echo the aromas with the addition of white pepper and sweet spices, a spritz of lime and some zesty flavours on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 7th, 2008

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536. Jargon Pinot Noir, California, 2006
The newly released Jargon drills directly through the skin of vitus vinifera's snob-magnet Pinot Noir with a label that poo poos winespeak or "jargon" (exactly what I am doing here) saying "our wine speaks for itself".
Certainly it pops out of the glass with raspberry and cherry aromas, cedarbox and spice, forest floor, licorice and smoke. The palate is leaner than the nose leads you to expect but it's juicy and smooth, flavours are mixed berries and spice with a smoky/meaty finish.
A good price for the Pinot category and it will pair well with fish burgers or gourmet pizzas.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 25th, 2009

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537. Jim Barry 'The Lodge Hill' Shiraz, Clare Valley Australia, 2006
After a recent trip to Clare Valley you'll be hearing a lot from me about Clare and cool-climate Aussie wines...
I love the freshness in this wine - red cherry and blackberry fruit lovingly enhanced by spearmint aromas, chocolate and earth, spicebox and iodine with hints of blueberry peeking through. The palate follows suit - its fresh and juicy with blueberry/cherry aromas, peppery spices and bittersweet chocolate and fine tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 4th, 2009

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538. Jindalee Cabernet Sauvignon, South Eastern Australia, 2007
Dark ruby with black cherry and mixed berry aromas, savoury notes of smoked meat and herbs with sweet undertones of vanilla and coconut. The entry is silky - liberal fruit on the palate - currants, cocoa and spice with bright acidity and smooth tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 10th, 2008

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539. Jindalee Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia, 2006
Golden in colour with buttery tones followed by pineapple, pear and guava, spiced honey and vanilla. Creamy on the palate with soft acidity, spiced lemon zest and brown butter flavours - very easy drinking.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 10th, 2008

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540. Joe Blow "Red", California, 2005
The label says "...serious wine with a name that is not!"
Ripe black cherry and blackberry aromas, earthy and spiced with cocoa-coffee notes. Fresh, vibrant fruit on the palate showing nice acidity with spice, leather and tobacco on the finish and smooth easy tannins.
Joe Blow may or may not be marketing brilliance but you'll probably enjoy the wine enough for a contemplative return visit.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 12th, 2007

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541. Joe Blow "White" California, 2005
Delicate aromas--whiffs of peach blossoms, honey and vanilla. On the palate it shows earthy wildflower honey flavours and warm spices with an slick texture and lingering zest on the finish.
Joe wants you to have fun with your wine--without Blowing your budget!
Chardonnay/Viognier/Chenin Blanc.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 14th, 2007

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542. Johnny Q Shiraz~Viognier, South Eastern Australia, 2006
This new release is oozing bright blackberry and plummy aromas with fragrant dark floral, sweet spice and cedar notes. On the palate it's full-bodied and fresh - supple and youthful with juicy fruit, pepper, cocoa vanilla and licorice. The finish is smooth and the price is very appealing!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 18th, 2008

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543. Joie 'A Noble Blend' Okanagan BC, 2007
'A Noble Blend' is an aromatic formulation of Gewurztraminer, Kerner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Ehrenfelser with loads of pink grapefruit, rosewater, white peaches and exotic spice aromas. It's just off-dry, with mouth-watering acidity showing tangerine zest, anise, ginger and more pink grapefruit on the finish.
Delicious!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 27th, 2008

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544. Joie 'Dedication' Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Creamy pears and crisp nectarine with pomelo citrus aromas, apple blossoms and loads of minerality. Clean, snappy flavours - stone fruit, honey and minerals, citrus juice and zest. Quite light-bodied with a fresh finish.
Would be great paired with fresh seafood or creamy cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 10th, 2008

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545. Joie Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Interesting complexity - almost unctuous, this golden-yellow Chardonnay has sweet pineapple and apricot aromas, Bosc pear and banana with toasted praline, minerality and candied lemon peel. The palate is honey and creamy fruits, vanilla and loads of lemony flavours. The finish is smoked apricots and snappy acidity...
Joie is now known as JoieFarm.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 5th, 2009

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546. Joie Riesling, Okanagan BC, 2007
I can't say I've disliked either of the two previous vintages of Joie Riesling and again I never seem to have enough of this wine within reach - the bottle seems to empty far too quickly.
Straw coloured and fresh on the nose with aromas of honey tangerine, apricots and white peaches with a spritz of lime. Off-dry in the mouth showing a pleasant almost-oily texture, mineral and tree fruit flavours, bright palate -cleansing acidity and loads of crisp pink grapefruit on the finish.
Yum!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 21st, 2008

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547. Joie Rose, Okanagan BC, 2007
For fans, this year is a bit of a change from last years vintage of the Joie Rose.
A crisp blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay, Pinot Meunier and a touch of Pinot Gris with a pale salmon hue reminiscent of Provence. Summer berries, tart red fruit - cranberries and rhubarb - with citrus zest and minerality.
Perfect for the patio and fresh summer fare!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 13th, 2008

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548. Joie Un-oaked Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2007
This wine has a lovely peachy-gold hue with inviting cool climate fruit aromas of peaches, creamy pear and apple, honey and citrus blossoms. Clean, fat fruit on the palate a hint of natural spice and minerality, a soft rounded texture and wonderful white grapefruit zest on the finish. Don't overchill this wine - let it shine.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 23rd, 2008

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549. JoieFarm 'A Noble Blend', Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
The 2008 version of 'A Noble Blend' is six varietals; Gewurztraminer, Kerner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Auxerrois, Pinot gris and Oraniensteiner...
Bursting with citric aromas - grapefruit and lime zest - apple and firm, snappy nectarine with a hint of peach. It's off-dry on the palate but the snappy acidity fools you into thinking its drier than it is. Flavours are of green pear, grapefruit peel, minerals, lime oil and stone fruit with a bit of spice. A lovely texture, taut and lip-smacking...
Pair with Munster cheese
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 23rd, 2009

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550. JoieFarm 'PTG', Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Loads of tart fruits like rhubarb and red cherry and cranberry, carrot tops, cedar and wild herbs with undertones of forest floor. The palate is bright, expect juicy red berries, white pepper and spicebox. The texture is soft and silky, it's light-medium bodied and is made for food!
Elegant and delicious.
Pair with turkey, cedar planked salmon or sauteed wild mushrooms.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 8th, 2009
Three new reserve tier wines were recently added to the Joie portfolio. One of those new wines , PTG stands for Passetoutgrain - a Burgundian blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay of Beaujolais. It's delicate with oodles of raspberry and cherry, violet, cedar, leather and white pepper aromas and fresh on the palate with savoury undertones to give it substance. Juicy and fine boned with soft tannins throughout and peppery spice on the finish.
Pair with warm choux pastry puffs filled with mushroom mousse.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 3rd, 2009

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551. JoieFarm Reserve Chardonay, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
There were 423 cases of this recently released 2007 vintage of JoieFarm Reserve Chardonnay produced. I happen to know you'll find it at some of your favourite restaurants in Vancouver.
Expect aromas of caramel apple, sweet spice and lemon drops, rocky minerals and praline undertones. It has crisp, citrus flavours and roasted hazelnuts with a fruitcup of pear, apple and melon with warm spice lingering on the finish.
Well balanced.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 16th, 2009

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552. JoieFarm Riesling, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Green apple, green apple, green apple!
Aromas are of peaches, honeyblossoms and some candied citrus peel laden with green apple. Expect flavours of tangerines and cream, sweet citrus zest and did I mention green apple....Mouth-watering in the mouth, snappy and crisp and utterly delicious!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 2nd, 2009

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553. JoieFarm Rose, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008

Welcome Spring!
I tasted the newly renamed JoieFarm Rose on the first full day of spring - what better way to celebrate the sunshine than with a toast to the approaching warmer months. The aroma of watermelon juice aptly matches the brilliant hue but strawberries, pink grapefruit and mineral notes also waft upward out of the glass...
I think I actually like it better than last years model - it's mouth-watering but suitably off-dry with flavours of blood orange, citrus zest, a suggestion of banana with cedar, tobacco and fine spices.
A blend of almost equal parts Gamay and Pinot Noir with a good dose of Pinot Meunier and a final addition of Pinot Gris
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 22nd, 2009

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554. JoieFarm Un-Oaked Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Vibrant aromas of pear and crisp apple, honey, orange peel and spring blossoms with some leesy notes. It's creamy and bright on the palate with plenty of mineral, honey and pear flavours and a clean, mouth-watering finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 23rd, 2009

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555. Joseph Drouhin Volnay, Beaune France, 2004
Soft red berry aromas and reserved notes of spice, tobacco, violets and forest floor. Smooth on the entry with layered flavours of juicy, tart fruit, dusty spiced cocoa, leather and a clean lingering finish with fine-grained tannins.

Wine Scores Reviewed - October 16th, 2007

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556. Joseph Drouhin, Cote du Beaune Blanc, France, 2004
This wine will draw you into its golden embrace with fragrant quince, honey exotic spice and marmalade aromatics. Smooth on the tongue with mature white fruit, crisp citrus peel flavours and inherent minerality make this wine a winner with dinner.
Seafood or smoked cheeses would benefit greatly from a partnership.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 16th, 2007

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557. Juan Benegas Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2006
Chocolate, ripe berry fruit and crushed dark floral notes with peppery spice, leather and a hint of rubber. The palate is supple and full with bright fruit flavours of blackberry and raspberry followed by cedar chips and spice.
Malbec loves red meat...
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 20th, 2009

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558. Julian Chivite 'Gran Feudo' Rosado, Navarra Spain, 2007
Made from Garnacha Tinta, this brilliant cranberry coloured wine shows smoke, red cherry, mixed berry fruit, spice, earth and tobacco. Dry, crisp and fresh with refreshing acidity and honest backbone. A consummate food wine - fish, light meats, tapas, cheese or summer salads...
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 19th, 2008

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559. Kangarilla Road Viognier,McLaren Vale Australia, 2005
Well balanced and fresh! Stone fruit, orange blossom, minerals and exotic spice notes. On the palate its gently rounded, smooth yet fresh with a crisp, spiced finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 18th, 2007

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560. Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra Australia, 2003
Red and black currant, mint, leather and spice with just a hint of bell pepper as the wine warms up. Smooth and fresh on the palate--nice acidity with integrated flavours. Medium-full bodied and elegantly structured with a lingering finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 18th, 2007

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561. Katnook Estate Founder's Block Shiraz, Coonawarra Australia, 2004
I'm certainly not complaining about the recent trend to adding a drop (or three) of Viognier to Shiraz, I find it lifts Shiraz a bit, takes the edge off so to speak. But wine is all about palate and choice so you won't find any Viognier in winemaker Wayne Stehbens Shiraz. His Founder's Block Shiraz is just Shiraz, and darn good too!
Foward ripe berry aromas--blackberry/raspberry/stawberry--star anise and pepper. Juicy berry fruit on the palate, loads more pepper and tobacco followed by lingering warm spice on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 18th, 2007

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562. Kendall Jackson "Seco Highlands" Pinot Noir, Monterey California, 2004
Elegant...with classic, earthy "Pinot" elements. The Seco Pinot Noir shows bright red cherry, sweet spiced beets, minerals, woodsy and leathery aromas. Velvety on the entry with juicy berry fruit, peppery spice and tobacco, dusty tannins and a mouth-watering finish.
Seriously good juice.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 17th, 2007

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563. Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay, California, 2005
Sweet tropical fruit aromas-pineapple and melon with orange blossoms, vanilla and the enticing fragrance of fresh, buttery croissants slathered with spiced cream.
On the palate it's crisp on the entry with lemon, minerals and orange zest...becomes more voluptuous on the mid-palate and finishes with just a suggestion of spiced nuts and a hint of toasted oak.
Do I smell a Chardonnay revival?
As seen on CityFood.com March 23, 2007
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 22nd, 2007

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564. Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003
The Vintner's Reserve has superb flavour!
Oozing cassis and cherry aromas with dark floral nuances, smoke and sweet vanilla notes. Silky on the palate with juicy dark fruit and chocolate with a lush body and a long smooth finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 1st, 2007

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565. Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, California, 2005

Lovely bouquet with aromas of tropical fruit, minerals, orchard fruits, gooseberry and grass. In the mouth it's fresh and tropically 'sweet' with hints of banana and finishes crisp and clean.
Lip-smacking good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 15th, 2006

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566. Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County California, 2007
Bright aromatics of citrus and plenty of green...white floral and herbs with hints of jalapeno and some musky undertones. The palate is zippy, plenty of snappy white fruit and citrus flavours again with a suggestion of herbal and jalapeno flavours with a mouth-watering finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 22nd, 2009

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567. Kenwood Zinfandel, Sonoma County California, 2005
An inky purple colour with juicy berry and rich dark fruit aromas, pepper and vanilla loaded with sweet spices. Fresh fruit on the palate with flavours that echo the nose - supple and easy drinking . A blend of 89% Zinfandel spiked with Petit Syrah and Barbera from Sonoma and Dry Creek.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 14th, 2008

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568. Kenwood Zinfandel, Sonoma County California, 2006
Bordering on intense, this earthy Zinfandel presents spices, stewed fruit and mixed ripe summer berry aromas. On the palate, expect peppery spices, red berries and dried fruit, vanilla and oak with and fine mouth-coating tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 13th, 2009

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569. Kestral Vintners Pure Platinum, Yakima Valley Washington
A great bottle oozing personality and fun flavours. The Pure Platinum is pretty floral aromas with peaches, citrus, honey and mineral notes. On the palate it's fresh and off-dry with a soft, voluptuous texture, balanced acidity and pleasing spice on the finish. Perfect for sitting around and sipping with friends in the summer sun!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 15th, 2008

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570. Kruger~Rumpf Munsterer Kapellenberg, Riesling Kabinett, Nahe Germnay, 2006
This beautiful wine has tart aromas of crab apples and juicy grapefruit with lemon zest. On the palate it's off-dry with a slick, weighty texture that pops with flavours of iced tea, gala apples and honey with gorgeous minerality. The finish is zesty with mouth-watering acidity.
And, with a mere 10% alcohol, why wouldn't you want to drink this everyday?
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 7th, 2008

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571. KWV Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay, Coastal Region South Africa, 2005
What you want in an golden-hued buttery Chardonnay!
Butterscotch, ginger spiked pear compote, tropical fruit notes and loads of toast. Full and rounded on the palate - creamy fruit in vanilla, palpable oak spice and toast lingers...
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 20th, 2008

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572. KWV Roodeberg, Western Cape South Africa, 2005
Ripe blueberry and cherry aromas jump out of the glass followed with vanilla, chocolate and sweet oak spice notes. Smooth and easy-drinking with fresh berry fruits, cocoa, coffee, smoke and peppery spice flavours followed with supple tannins and plummy hints on the finish.
Very tasty!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 30th, 2008

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573. KWV Roodeberg, Western Cape South Africa, 2006
Wild berries, chocolate, smoke, pepper and sweet oak spice notes. Smooth and easy-drinking with fresh berry, cocoa, cedar, licorice and spice followed with black cherry flavours that linger on the finish.
Consistently tasty wine.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 17th, 2009

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574. La Chamiza "Polo Amateur" Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2006
Sweet rich berry fruit aromas with a suggestion of smoked meat and herbs. In the mouth it shows cherries, dried berries, coffee and chocolate flavours with a full, supple texture and peppery finish.
Good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 23rd, 2007

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575. La Chamiza Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, Argentina, 2007
Exceptional value!
Sweet, upfront fruit aromas - plums, raspberries, blueberries - violets and coffee notes. Smooth jammy fruit on the palate spiked with earthy spices and cocoa. Balanced, with fresh acidity and fine, dusty tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 17th, 2008

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576. La Mano Mencia Roble, DO Bierzo Spain, 2006
A rustic wine smelling of cherries, spice, saddle leather and earth - sweet yet savoury aromas...Medium bodied and spicy on the palate with flavours that echo the aromas - good acidity too. Will pair with tomato sauces, slow roasted meats and smoked cheeses.
Attractive price...
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 15th, 2009

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577. La Posta 'Cocina Blend', Mendoza Argentina, 2007
Called the 'sink blend' which could be taken as everything but the kitchen sink, when in reality it's mostly Malbec with 20% each Bonarda and Syrah.
It has loads of dark fruit and earth, tar, chocolate and leather with savoury, smoky undertones. Again, sweet dark fruit on the palate with spice and rich earthy flavours, it's full-bodied with balanced acidity and fine tannins clinging to the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 22nd, 2009

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578. La Posta Bonarda 'Estela Armando Vineyard', Mendoza Argentina, 2007
Earthy and savoury - a very juicy, unique wine, meant for food!
Aromas are of red berries and raspberry rooibos tea initially then savoury, earthy aromas appear followed by darker fruits... Supple on the palate, the flavours are echoed on the palate side-by-side with bittersweet chocolate and juicy fruit, the tea flavours linger and the acidity is bright.
The Bonarda grape of Argentina was, until the recent popularity of Malbec, the most widely planted red wine variety.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 15th, 2009

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579. La Stella Maestoso Merlot, Okanagan Valley BC 2006
La Stella is the sister winery to Le Vieux Pin. Le Vieux Pin is located in Oliver, La Stella is in Osoyoos. So, to compare Le Vieux Pin’s flagship Apogee to La Stella's Maestoso was quite intriguing, especially when they share their winemaker and the vineyard manager. The main difference is the vineyard sites.
The Maestoso is earthier, quite savoury on the nose with aromas of dried fruit, leather, dill, oregano and tomato paste with rich, almost stewed dark fruits. The palate is very impressive - lifted, bright concentrated fruit with lingering spice and fine tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 14th, 2009

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580. La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Luberon Blanc, France, 2007
This BC drinkers favourite is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Ugni Blanc and Roussanne.
Rich mineral notes with honey, green pear, hazelnuts and star fruit. The flavours echo the aromas with green pear and mineral flavours in the mouth with lemon, chalky minerality, nuts and a hint of spice on the finish. Gently rounded on the palate with a vibrant, zesty finish.
Pair with heartier fish or creamy chicken dishes.
Seriously good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 11th, 2008

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581. La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Luberon"White", France, 2006
Pale yellow with a vaugue smoky-hue this wine is a layered delight.
Rich mineral notes with honeysuckle, fresh orchard pear and apricot aromas. Similar pear and mineral flavours in the mouth with lemon, smoke, nuts and lingering white grapefruit and spice on the finish. Soft and smooth on the palate with an attractively crisp finish.
Pair with heartier fish or creamy chicken dishes.
Seriously good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 24th, 2007

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582. La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux "Red", France, 2006
Consistancy is the name of the game with Perrin's La Vieille Ferme.
This red blend consists of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Cinsault and shows sweet red berry fruit, red plums and pepper, dark floral notes and hints of earth and cocoa. It's medium-bodied and warmly spiced with more berry fruit, cocoa and tobacco on the palate.
Screw-cap closure, easy to open and very easy to drink!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 3rd, 2008

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583. La Vieille Ferme, Cotes du Ventoux Rose, France 2006
What more can you ask - a great rose that is under $14 and has a picnic friendly screwcap.
Bright cranberry in colour and brimming with fresh red berries, and red cherry aromas, minerals, juicy citrus and a shaving of orange zest. Clean, crisp berry flavours, citrus and savoury-earthy undertones on the palate with more zest on the finish. Perfect for sipping or simple bistro fare.
Made from Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 23rd, 2008

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584. La Vieille Ferme, Cotes du Ventoux Rose, France 2007
Always a great deal - a tasty rose that's under $14 and has a picnic friendly screwcap.
Cranberry in colour and brimming with fresh red berries, floral and black current aromas, minerals, juicy citrus, garrigue and a shaving of orange zest. Crisp with tart berry flavours, citrus peel and savoury undertones. Perfect for sipping or simple bistro fare.
Made from Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 16th, 2008

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585. Lake Breeze Gewurztraminer, Okanagan BC, 2007
Fresh, vibrant Gewurztraminer aromas - rose petals, lychee, spiced apples and pink grapefruit. A crisp, zesty mouth-feel showing flavours that echo the aromas - bright, exotic fruit and spices, Turkish delight, minerals and more pink grapefruit.
Yum!
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 16th, 2008

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586. Lake Breeze Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
This fresh vintage features aromas of grapefruit, orchard blossoms, lemon-lime and a sprinkling of spice. The palate is tremendously bright, bursting with tangerine, grapefruit and star anise flavours, the finish is long with very good concentration - this is a wine I will enjoy quaffing on the patio this summer.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 13th, 2009

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587. Lake Breeze Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
This Naramata Bench winery produces, arguably, the benchmark Pinot Blanc in British Columbia. It's very aromatic, presenting spring blossoms, pears, creamed honey and exotic citrus notes with star anise and sweet butter. The palate is juicy, brimming with vibrant grapefruit and orchard fruit and the finish is lengthy.
And it's honestly good (delicious) BC value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 13th, 2009

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588. Lake Breeze Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Bright pear and apple, mineral notes, citrus with orchard blossoms on the nose. Crisp, clean and very citrus-y on the palate - primarily grapefruit peel - and loads of minerality.
Would be a great partner to fresh West Coast seafood...
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 15th, 2009

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589. Lamberti Santepietre Pinot Grigio, Veneto Italy, 2006
This Pinot Grigio has a ripe golden hue with lemon, apple and peach aromas...intense mineral on the nose with yeasty and delicate floral notes. Crisp on the palate with a gentle roundness showing flavours reminiscent of the aromas...lemon peel, beeswax and wild honey blossoms.
Pair with seafood, salads and creamy cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 1st, 2007

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590. Lang Vineyards 'Farm Winery Reserve' Riesling, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Musky wild honey, citrus apple aromas hints of stone fruits. Rounded and quite ripe on the palate with good acidity and a hint of sweetness, minerals and citrus zest flavours that linger on the finish.
Easy sipper or pair with creamy goats cheese and caramelized onion tarts.
Screw-capped
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 8th, 2008

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591. Lanson "Black Label" Brut Champagne France, NV
The Lanson has all the elements I love in Champagne...delicate bubbles with loads of fruit and floral aromas.
Snappy citrus, stone fruit, apple jelly, jasmine and orange blossom aromas with leesy, toasty notes.
Crisp and clean on the palate with a zippy mousse, delicate fruit and mandarin peel layered with hazelnut flavours.
Pair with bite sized seafood appetizers with wasabi mousse.

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592. Lanson "Black Label" Brut Champagne France, NV
Snappy citrus, minerals and stone fruits, apple peel and orange blossom aromas with leesy undertones.
Crisp and clean on the palate with a zippy mousse, delicate fruit and citrus zest layered with hazelnut flavours.
Pair with bite sized hors d'oeurves, eggs Benny or creamy cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 1st, 2008

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593. Lanson Brut Rose, Champagne France, NV
An attractive salmon-amber hue with a rich mousse and a persistant bead. Aromas of berries and caramel praline with a side of toast and floral bouquets. Super smooth and creamy with lovely weight, flavours of spiced berries and toasty caramel with a clean, lingering finish.
This classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir has a full texture and pairs well with most anything from cheese plates or holiday turkey to planked salmon.

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594. Las Moras Cabernet Sauvignon~Shiraz, San Juan Argentina, 2006
Sun warmed berries - blackberry, red currents and hints of raspberry with interesting earthy, forest floor and tobacco undertones. Juicy red fruit - the raspberries and red currents return on the palate supported by leathery flavours. Lovely power and a nice complexity with integrated tannins on the finish.
Good value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 30th, 2008

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595. Las Moras Malbec San Juan Argentina, 2006
Blackberry aromas with smoky, meaty tones, black peppercorns and hints of iodine. Fresh on the palate, almost contradicting the intense dark notes on the nose, with juicy mixed berry fruit and bittersweet chocolate followed by pepper and bacon fat flavours. A nice berry-flavoured linger with polished tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 30th, 2008

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596. Las Moras Reserve Chardonnay, San Juan Argentina, 2007
Roasted nuts and browned butter on the nose, tree fruit and loads of minerality, citrus and a pinch of fleur de sel. Rich and toasty on the palate, spiced butter, vanilla and liberal oak aromas. The texture is smooth with quite powerful intensity.
Perfect for those who like their Chardonnays big and toasty.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 10th, 2008

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597. Laughing Stock 'Blind Trust Red', Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
To be released in July 2009, the 2007 vintage Blind Trust Red is 50% Merlot and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remaining 22% being Cabernet Franc.
Oodles of berry and juicy cherry aromas, liberal dark chocolate and vanilla with savoury herbal tones of dried oregano and sage and szechuan peppercorns. Plummy, berry flavours on the palate with cocoa and plenty more savoury flavours echoing the nose. Good acidity throughout, and a smooth finish with spice flavours lingering.
Pair with rich meat dishes...
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 24th, 2009

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598. Laughing Stock 'Blind Trust White', Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Like a financial "blind trust", the executors - in this case Laughing Stock and their winemaker - have full control over over the blend and could simply say - it's a proprietary blend which we have no need to disclose. But they do. Pinot Gris takes 65% majority with a solid 18% Viognier, 13% Pinot Blanc and just a dash of Sauvignon Blanc.
An aromatic wine with primary tropical fruit followed by beeswax and toasted oak, spiced butter, melon and honey. Rounded, quite creamy on the entry and mid-palate with flavours of spiced caramel and citrus peel, with a crisp finish
Very tasty.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 25th, 2009

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599. Laughing Stock Portfolio, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Impressive!
Rich, sweet vanilla, dried cherries chocolate and coconut, dark floral notes, earthy undertones and beet greens. Powerful and layered - more cherries on the palate, leather, tobacco, oak spice and coffee liqueur with chocolate flavours and firm, ripe tannins.
A positively good investment for your cellar.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 16th, 2008

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600. Laughing Stock Vineyards Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2007
A tasty Chardonnay that shows balanced flavours from a combination of 7 months sur lie in new and used French oak barrels.
The aromas are fresh, juicy and ripe - melon and roasted pears with orange peel and floral hints but it's the spiced butter notes that really pop. The oak contact is obvious but not overwhelming, the palate is creamy and yet fresh and spice lingers on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 22nd, 2008

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601. Laughing Stock Vineyards Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, BC 2008
Bright apple, citrus and mineral aromas upfront supported by appealing caramel, sweet spice and toasted, nutty notes. Well-integrated oak on the palate with plenty of acidity and a creamy texture. Expect flavours of white fruit, spiced butter and caramel with loads of citrus peel flavours on the finish.
Well done!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 10th, 2009

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602. Laughing Stock Vineyards Pinot Gris, Okanagan BC, 2007
Vibrant aromas!
Peachy, floral, honeydew melon, honey and tropical undertones. Rich, sweet fruit, a creamy texture with flavours of exotic citrus and honey. The finish is long and softly rounded with hints of spice and vanilla caramels.
Delicious!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 22nd, 2008

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603. Laughing Stock Vineyards, Blind Trust, Okanagan BC, 2006
Smells like a BBQ wine to me!
Chocolate, mixed summer berries, plums and spiced cherry aromas with earthy undertones, tobacco, nutmeg, mixed oak spices and a hint of pencil shavings. In the mouth it's big, with dense dark fruit flavours and loads of pepper and mixed spice on the finish. Tasty right now but you could cellar it for a couple more years.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 16th, 2008

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604. Le Vieux Pin 'Emoi' Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
This is a heady Pinot Noir with aromas of spiced cherries, sweet cedar box and loads of violets. The entry is silky but it's surprisingly assertive on the palate showing red fruit and a potpourri of cedar chips and dried floral flavours. It has lots of acidity and aggressive tannins that need to soften. I suggest cellaring for a couple of years or decanting at least an hour prior to serving.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 13th, 2009

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605. Le Vieux Pin 'Vaila' Rose Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Made from 100% Pinot Noir this pretty rose has been a food-friendly summer offering at my favourite local Indian restaurant, Vij's, over the past couple of vintages. Typical to Pinot Noir, the aromas are earthy - forest floor and leather with wild berry aromas. There is a lot of structure on the palate with flavours echoing the aromas - berry and leather with cedar box spice flavours that linger. Pair with cedar planked salmon or pasta with creamy morel sauce.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 13th, 2009

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606. Le Vieux Pin Apogee Merlot, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Expect a dense Merlot with plush aromas of blackberry and raspberry, crushed dark flowers and spiced chocolate with earthy undertones and a pinch of white pepper. The palate is potent, laden with flavours of spiced cherries and chocolate. The tannins are encompassing but fine, and they linger long after you've put your glass down.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 14th, 2009

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607. Le Vieux Pin Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
This was my first ever taste of the Le Vieux Pin Gewurztraminer, and it's delicious.
Fragrant with lychee, tangerine and licorice aromas, which are echoed on the palate alongside flavours of tropical fruits and exotic spice with a hint of white pepper on the finish. It's off-dry with very good concentration and mouth-watering acidity. Pair with Thai chili noodle salad in the summer.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 13th, 2009

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608. Leopard's Leap 'Lookout', South Africa, 2006
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Cinsaut, the Lookout has aromas of cherries and chocolate, mixed berries and herbal tones with the recognizable char/rubber notes of South African reds....The palate is sweet and smooth - bright red fruit pops up on the palate, it's juicy and savoury with herbal, chocolate and spice flavours pulling through on the finish.
Good value barbecue or pasta red...
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 21st, 2009

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609. Les Brottiers Cotes du Rhone, France, 2006
I love this wine for its value and freshness.
Primarily Grenache - which gives it its feminine, floral aspect - with juicy raspberry, blueberry, cherry and lilac aromas, sweet spices, saddle leather and fennel notes. It's smooth, medium-bodied and fresh with clean fruit, cocoa and minty flavours. The tannins are soft, it has lovely acidity and lingering cedarbox spices on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 19th, 2008

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610. Les Jamelles 'Naturelles" Chardonnay, Pays D'Oc Fance, 2007
If a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away does that mean I can have two when its organic?
At this price you won't feel the pinch of the excess anyway. Fresh on the nose with pear and citrus blossoms, a hint of praline and oak spice on the back end. Crisp on the entry, the palate has a soft, creamy texture with flavours of pear, honey roasted nuts, citrus and minerals and lingering spice on ths finish. Balanced oak makes this a great food wine - pair with pasta primavera or chicken dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 12th, 2008

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611. Les Jamelles Naturelles Merlot, Vins de Pays d'Oc France, 2006
Red fruits, sweet tobacco, leathery notes and savory herbs on the nose with hints of gravel. Chewy on the palate with juicy fruit bright acidity and dusty tannins across the palate. A medium-bodied, simple food wine, certified organic by ECOCERT.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 30th, 2008

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612. Lindauer Brut, New Zealand NV
A very affordable and fresh bubbly from down-under.
Starfruit, lees and minerals, herbal tones and green apple with hints of citrus and crisp green pears. The palate is snappy and fresh with a good mousse and loads of citrus flavours and a tart , mouth-watering finish.
A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to pair with fresh cheese or seafood hors d oeuvres.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 23rd, 2009

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613. Lindeman's Bin 45 Cabernet Sauvignon, South Eastern Australia, 2006
Chocolate covered cherries, sweet blackberries and coffee aromas. Smooth on the palate with juicy cassis flavours and spice--medium to full-bodied, smooth and very easy to drink!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 15th, 2007

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614. Lindeman's Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia, 2005
A wonderful example of an exceedingly quaffable Cabernet at a great price.
Blackberry and raspberry, mint chocolate, cola spices and vanilla. Fresh fruit on the entry, the flavours deepen and become earthier on the mid-palate and finish with smoke, tobacco and oak spice.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 15th, 2007

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615. Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz, South East Australia, 2007
An easy-drinking crowd pleaser!
The Shiraz has purple glints and sweet blackberry and blueberry aromas, licorice, chocolate, eucalyptus and allspice with undertones of pretty purple flowers. It's juicy in the mouth, the flavours echo the palate with sweet spices, berries, chocolate and licorice and a smooth vanilla finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 18th, 2008

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616. Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay, Australia, 2007
Sweet fruit aromas - ripe, creamy pears and melon with tropical citrus and vanilla caramels. Crisp yet subtly rounded on the palate showing citrus and young pineapple flavours with oak spice on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 24th, 2008

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617. Lindemans Bin 65 Chardonnay, Australia, 2008
A very easy-to-drink Chardonnay with sweet aromatics of tropical fruits, candied citrus peel, cloves, vanilla and cinnamon. On the palate its quite fresh, the texture round and it's ripe with tropical fruits, caramel and spice and the finish is crisp.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 22nd, 2009

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618. Lindemans Bin 85 Pinot Grigio, Australia, 2007
Delicate apple blossom aromas lifted with richer tropical and orchard fruit notes. Creamy peach, golden melon, guava and mangosteen with lifted citrus. The Lindemans Grigio is refreshing, has a softly rounded mid-palate and crisp, clean finish.
Great value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 23rd, 2008

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619. Lindemans Bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc, Australia, 2007
A lively Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of lemon, passionfruit, minerals and typical grassy notes. The palate is crisp with a creamy edge, the flavours reflect the aromas with white fruit, citrus and grass with an appealing, soft acidity.
Very good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 6th, 2008

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620. Lindemans Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa, 2005
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Black currants, fresh cassis, green pepper, smoke and leather aromas with menthol and sweet cocoa notes. On the palate, the juicy red fruit pops lifting the earthy, leather and lingering spiced flavours before easing into smooth tannins and a bright finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 15th, 2007

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621. Lindemans Chardonnay, South Africa, 2006
A great quaffable Chardonnay boldly scented with grilled pineapple, ripe melon, butterscotch, and vanilla. Creamy smooth on the palate with sweetly spiced flavours that echo the aromas and a nice crisp finish.
Good value, sweet fruit but not too oaky and over the top.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 21st, 2008

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622. Lindemans Chardonnay, South Africa, 2006
Golden-hued with green glints and sweet buttery aromas of pineapple, pears, caramel praline and toasted brioche. Smooth and refreshing on the palate with ripe tropical fruit, spiced citrus, toasty oak and a mouth-watering finish.
There's great value in this delicious new addition to the wine shelf!
Pairs well with creamy cheese platters with fruit compotes and nuts.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 16th, 2007

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623. Lindemans Chardonnay, South Africa, 2007
Temptingly sweet and quaffable this budget Chardy is butterscotch and pineapple-whip with warm spices and lavish oak vanilla hints and coconut - at less than $12 a bottle you'd better buy more than one - especially if the gang is coming over...
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 5th, 2009

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624. Lindemans Merlot 'Bin 40', South Eastern Australia, 2007
Easy drinking!
Ripe fruit aromas - cherries, plums and berries followed by vanilla, mint and coconut notes. Blackberries, chocolate and vanilla - supple yet solid with lingering sweet spices on the palate.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 17th, 2008

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625. Lindemans Merlot, South Africa, 2005
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Sweet cherry and dark berry aromas with savoury herbs, pepper, smoke, minerals and fleur de sel notes. Bright berry fruit on the palate - earthy and meaty hints with cocoa on the finish.
Easy drinking and good value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 14th, 2007

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626. Lindemans Pinot Grigio 'Bin 85', Australia, 2008
The aromas are very subtle - tart citrus, plenty of mineral aromas with white fruits and lemon peel. Soft, round acidity on the palate with a similar flavour/aromas profile citrus and crisp apple/pear flavours, mineral and hints of almond on the finish. A light-weight white that will pair well with soft cheese, light appetizers and shellfish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 10th, 2009

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627. Lindemans Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra Australia, 2005
An excellent value Cabernet from the highly regarded Coonawarra region that shows impressive mulberry and juicy black current aromas, chocolate and spearmint with suggestions of cedarbox and pencil shavings. The palate is laden with juicy berry fruit, sweet spice and tobacco, the tannins are powdery.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 23rd, 2009

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628. Lindemans Shiraz, South Africa, 2005
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Rich dark fruit - black cherry, plums and sweet dark berries - char grilled meat and chocolate aromas. On the palate this Cabernet is medium-full bodied with lots of earthy nuances, pepper and dark berry flavours, a chewy mouthful of wine with smooth tannins and lingering spiced finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 15th, 2007

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629. Line Shack Cabernet Sauvignon, San Antonio Valley California, 2006
Layers of dense chocolate, creamy dark berries, leather and sweet plummy and vanilla aromas with a core of smoke and rich dark earth. Expect very pleasing flavours of smooth berry liqueur, chocolate, tobacco and warm spice. It's supple and concentrated with good structure and balance. Flavours of mocha linger on the palate, carried along on a wave of smooth, ripe tannis.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 19th, 2009

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630. Little Rebel Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley Australia, 2005
This tatooed label may not bring out the rebel in you but it will pique your interest. The Pinot Noir is one of a Little Rebel trio recently laying claim to wine store shelves in BC.
The Pinot has violets, cherries and stewed berry aromas with undertones of leather, toast and forest floor notes. It's light-medium bodied with tart red fruit, pepper and oak spices layered with licorice hints.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 1st, 2008

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631. Livon Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, Colli Orientali del Friuli, 2002
A lovely Refosco showing wonderful rustic aromas - saddle leather, dark cherries, peppery spice, raisins, violets and coffee grounds notes. Medium-bodied and smooth in the mouth with flavours that echo the aromas - cherries, leather and oak spices - the finish is slightly dusty.
Pairs well with Taleggio cheese.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 5th, 2008

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632. Lo Tengo Malbec, Argentina, 2006
Dark red with purple reflections. The aromas are fresh fruits - blackberry and cherry - with dark chocolate, pepper and oak notes. In the mouth it's dry and earthy flavoured by spiced fruit and pepper with balanced acidity. The mid-palate and finish have a slightly dusty texture.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 21st, 2008

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633. Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Blanc, France, 2006
Always a fabulous value!
This Louis Bernard white Rhone blend has pretty aromas, honeysuckle, peaches, quince and honeycomb. On the palate it is smooth and fresh with crisp fruit, warm spice and vanilla with underlying minerality. An excellent food wine - think crab cakes or a nice cheese plate.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 29th, 2007

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634. Louis Bernard Cotes du Rhone Blanc, Rhone Valley France, 2007
A consistently well-made blend of 40% Grenache Blanc with equal parts of Bourboulenc, Marsanne and Viognier.
It has aromas driven by honey and peach, honeysuckle and exotic citrus with plenty of minerality and hints of spiced brulee. It has a lovely weight, a silky texture and lots of crisp citrus peel, white fruits, honey and spice flavours and a lengthy finish.
A wonderful food wine-pair with fish, cheese or chicken.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 20th, 2009

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635. Louis Bernard, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Rhone Valley France, 2006
Very good value!
Sweet red berries and kirsch, decadent chocolate and sweet spices. Very bright on the palate, lifted berry fruit with plenty of spice...medium-full bodied with soft, dry tannins on the finish.
This is a buy-by-the-case wine, perfect for weekday dinners.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 16th, 2009

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636. Louis Latour Ardeche Chardonnay, Coteaux de L'Ardeche France, 2006
An exceptional value Chardonnay with plenty of ripe Bosc pear and golden pineapple aromas, hazelnut praline, fine spice and mineral. Expect a wine that is fresh on the palate from start to finish with white fruit and citrus followed by liberal flavours of caramelized nuts and sweet spices.
Yum.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 16th, 2009

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637. Louis Latour Chardonnay Cote d'Or Burgundy, France, 2007
Expect sweet aromas of pineapple cream, marzipan and pears, a dusting of oak spice with savoury, woodsy undertones. The palate is crisp on the entry with plenty of candied nuts and spice, citrus flavours brighten it up and the finish is again very nutty - hazelnuts linger on the finish. Finely textured, very tasty!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 6th, 2009

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638. Louis Latour Pinot Noir, Cote d'Or Burgundy France, 2007
This accessible Bourgogne Pinot from old-world producer Louis Latour has aromas of tart cherry, raspberry and peppery notes with cedar chips and violet with herbal untertones. Light-bodied on the palate with flavours that echo the aromas - fine spice, sour cherry, leather and a hint of raspberry on the finsih. Fine tannins and plenty of acidity make this wine an easy pairing with duck or fish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 4th, 2009

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639. Luce Della Vite Lucente, Tuscany Italy 2005
A dark ruby-hued blend of Merlot, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon with spiced red cherry, and dark fruits with licorice, cedar, leather and undertones of crushed flowers and chocolate. Smooth on the entry with red berry and cherry fruits warm spices and cedar. The finish is quite powerful with fine,drying tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 28th, 2008

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640. Lucien Albrecht Cremant D'Alsace Brut, Alsace France, NV
A brilliant and reflective Pinot Blanc bubbly with a persistant bead. Aromas of apple peel and orchard fruits - pear and nectarine - honey and pretty floral aromas, minerals and citrus zest. Creamy on the palate - an alluring, smooth mousse with crisp, clean flavours that linger.
Perfect for any occassion!
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 21st, 2008

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641. Lucien Albrecht Cremant D'Alsace, Brut Rose, Alsace France, NV
This lovely cremant is made in the traditional method like Champagne, it's pale salmon coloured with vibrant berries in cream, peaches, floral aromas and whiffs of wild honey. Small, delicate bubbles, creamy on the entry with citrus, mixed berries and tree fruit flavours - fresh, fruity and floral and entirely satisfying.
100% Pinot Noir
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 19th, 2008

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642. Luigi Bosca Malbec Reserva, Mendoza Argentina, 2004
This wine is as big and confident as its bottle suggests.
Serious aromas of black cherry, fresh berry, coffee grounds, chocolate and rich dark earth. Full-bodied and silky on the palate with consistant mouth-filling power from entry to finish. It shows rich dark fruit, cocoa and soft, fine tannins.
Serve with hard cheeses, grilled meat or roasted dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 27th, 2008

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643. Luigi Einaudi "Cannubi" Barolo, Piedmont Italy, 2003
If an Einaudi is poured--you drink.
Having visited the Barolos from Einaudi over the past few years my mouth begins to water when someone says the name.
These are collectors, wines you can cellar for 20 years or for special occassions if you can find them but don't let that sway you if you come across the 2003 today-taste it!
Seductive and silky on the palate filled with luscious cherry, dark floral notes, sweet tobacco, truffles, warm spices and tea leaves.
Bellissimo!
The 2003 Einaudi's should be arriving in stores by October 2007.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 7th, 2007

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644. Luis Segundo Correas Las Acequias Malbec Oak, Mendoza Argentina, 2005
This is a powerful, extracted Malbec that is dense in colour with aromas of black berries and bittersweet chocolate, prunes and vanilla, sweet spice and plenty of pepper, crushed dried flowers and just a hint of sausage. The palate is potent, rich with chocolate and dark fruit, vanilla and clove flavours. It finishes powerfully, the tannins are supple, espresso and pepper linger on the finish.
I would love a pinch more acidity but all-in-all, very impressive!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 5th, 2009

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645. Lulu B Chardonnay, Pays D'Oc France, 2005
An easy-drinking Chardonnay without pretense - in fact the label is kind of cute.
Aromas are butterscotch, grilled pineapple, wildflower honey, vanilla and cloves. Creamy and rounded on the palate with bright, tropical citrus, fresh cream, spice and a lingering zesty finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 13th, 2009

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646. Lulu B Chardonnay, Pays D'Oc France, 2007
A simple Chardonnay with a cute label the LuLu B has aromas of spiced butter, melon and white fruit, loads of mineral and citrus rounded out with leesy, toasty notes. The palate entry is rounded and creamy with browned butter and lemon peel flavours but the finish is rather angular with oak spice lingering.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 21st, 2009

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647. Lulu B Shiraz, Pays D'Oc France, 2006
Smoked plums and cherry aromas, vanilla, chocolate and a sprinkling of light spice and herbal notes. Medium-bodied with bright acidity and earthy, garrigue and berry flavours. It has a dusty texture and powdery tannins with tobacco and spice flavours lingering on the finish.
Easy drinking but somewhat lean.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 14th, 2009
Black cherry and plummy aromas with loads of savoury tones - earth, herbs, smoke and meaty hints. A good, typical old-world style Syrah, not too jammy, with good acidity, sweet fresh berries and wild herbs, roasted coffee beans and cocoa. Fine tannins linger on the finish.
Good value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 13th, 2009

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648. Luna Argenta Prosecco, Veneto Italy, NV
A new Prosecco, the Luna Argenta is pale straw in colour with tiny bubbles and aromas of delicate flowers, talc, bee pollen and fleur de sel with a whiff of berries. A crisp palate with plenty of flavours of nectarine and apple peel flavours, honeysuckle and citrus. It has lovely acidity and a creamy honey and mineral flavoured finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 25th, 2009

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649. Lungarotti Rubesco Rosso di Torgiano, Umbria Italy, 2004
A blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo this well established wine (under the Lungarotti name of Rubesco) is a perfect weekday dinner wine with only 12.5% alcohol.
Sweet, fresh cherries, cedar and delicate spices. Medium bodied with layers of cherry, tobacco, leather and spice with meaty and char hints on the finish.
Good value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 1st, 2008

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650. Man Vintners Chenin Blanc, Paarl South Africa, 2008
This new, very well-priced Chenin Blanc from Man Vintners may remind you of a Chardonnay with its rich tropical fruit and exotic floral aromas and it nutty, leesy, honey hints. The palate is crisp with plenty of citrus, tropical fruits and lime leaf flavours.
Would be a great crowd-pleasing party wine, or pair with seafood salads or creamy pastas.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 20th, 2009

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651. Man Vintners Shiraz, Coastal Region South Africa, 2006
Juicy raspberry and mulberry aromas, peppery spices and creamy chocolate notes. Smooth and fresh on the palate with flavours that echo the aromas - smoke and earth, chocolate and ripe fruits - good acidity and nice balance.
Great for weekday dinners or simply sipping.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 15th, 2008

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652. Man Vintners Shiraz, South Africa, 2006
Juicy raspberry and mulberry aromas, peppery spices and creamy chocolate notes. Smooth and fresh on the palate with flavours that echo the aromas - smoke and earth, chocolate and ripe fruits - good acidity and nice balance.
Great for weekday dinners or simply sipping.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 15th, 2008

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653. MandraRossa 'Inycon' Fiano, Sicily Italy, 2008
Great Value! There's not enough Fiano on our shelves!
The aromas are crisp pear, melon and citrus blossoms with loads of mineral and candle wax notes. It has a gorgeous slick texture and flavours of stone fruit, citrus and minerals with a spicy/zesty finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 22nd, 2009

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654. MandraRossa Chardonnay, Sicily Itlay, 2005
Brilliantly yellow-hued with enticing aromas of fresh cut pineapple and butterscotch. Crisp on the entry rich and buttery mid-palate with creamy vanilla and a warmly spiced finish.
Lovely!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 26th, 2007

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655. MandraRossa Nero d'Avola, Sicily Italy 2004
Classic to Sicily the Nero d'Avola is a great way to introduce yourself to a new grape variety from a region you may not have experienced before.
The MandraRossa has lucious aromas of sweet berries, plums and dark cherries, earth, spice, tobacco and cedar. On the palate it shows fresh cherry/berry, pepper, ash and more spice with good acidity and dark chocolate flavours that carry through the finish.
Good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 28th, 2007

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656. Marchesi de Frescobaldi 'Remole' Tuscany Italy, 2007
There is 15% Cabernet Sauvignon blended into this Tuscan Sangiovese...
It is what you desire in a simple Tuscan wine - cherries and leather, sweet cedar and crushed floral aromas with tar and fine spice notes. Subtle and juicy red fruits, cigarbox, wild herbs and leather with fennel seed and cedar flavours lingering on the finish.
Simply suitable and simply delicious.
Pair with pasta soups, light meat dishes, hard cheese or tomato based dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 11th, 2009

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657. Marchesi de Frescobaldi Santa Maria Morellino Di Scansano DOC, Tuscany Italy, 2006
This is a brooding blend of Sangiovese with 15% Cabernet that smells of hot days and sunbaked earth. Smoky black cherry, plums and loads of savoury aromas - meaty, grilled green peppers and cracked peppercorns. That savoury character follows through on the palate wrapped in a smooth texture. Medium-full bodied with chewy tannins and a spiced, earthy finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 19th, 2009

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658. Mark West Pinot Noir, California, 2005
The Mark West is one varietal--Pinot Noir. Trust that when you see a bottle of Mark West it will have the heartbreak grape juice inside.
Its dense and velvety with dark berries, chocolate, cedar and vanilla notes. On the palate Mark shows juicy dark fruit, coffee, earthy/woodsy hints and spiced tobacco on the finish. Its a smooth and appealing Pinot--so easy to drink you'll swear there's a hole in the bottom of your glass.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 17th, 2007

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659. Mark West Pinot Noir, California, 2006
The Mark West label only bottles Pinot Noir and this one is brilliant ruby in colour. It's attractively priced with earthy aromas of black cherry, cocoa, toasted oak, leather and savoury herbs. The entry is dry, with an earthy, dusty texture, the mid-palate is silky. Flavours are dark berry/cherry with cedar, tobacco and spice tones that linger through the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 18th, 2008

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660. Marotti Campi Luzano Verdicchio dei Castelli Di Jesi DOC, Marche Italy 2007
Sensual
Aromas of creamy apricots in honey, wild flowers, minerals, almond oil and lemons with a hint of fennel. The palate is slick and supple, creamy yet bright with citric flavours melon and a hint of white pepper. Elongated finish, mouth-watering acidity and lovely structure.
Excellent!
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 11th, 2009

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661. Marotti Campi Orgiolo Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Superiore DOC, Marche Italy 2006
A rare variety of mysterious origins, LaCrima is limited in DOC production to Morro d'Alba, in the seaside province of Ancona in Marche. My first sip of Lacrima (which translates to tears) was last summer in Marche during a multi-region trip to Italy. I fell instantly in love with this aromatic red grape.
The Orgiolo is superbly fragrant, perfumed with lavender and rose oil, sweet spices, dried cherries and ripe berries. It's medium-bodied and silky with plenty of supple fruit and bright acidity and the finish silky.
Delicious paired with wild mushroom and pecorino gnocchi.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 9th, 2009

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662. Marques de Caceres, Rioja Spain, 2006
Ruby red with a clay undertone and appealing aromas of ground berries, orange peel, fragrant flowers, earth and spice with hints of vanilla and oak. Just off-dry with berry, leather, savoury herbs and cedar flavours with fine dusty tannins on the finish.
Pair with grilled veg tossed with savoury herbs, turkey, chicken or light pasta dishes.
Made from Tempranillo and Garnacha
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 20th, 2008

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663. Marques de Vitoria 'Ecco', Rioja Spain, 2007
The aromas are spiced cherries, earth/minerals, leather and wild strawberries. The texture is supple and features solid flavours of dried cherries, sweet spices and leather, fine tannins linger with flavours of cedar.
An organically grown Tempranillo that will pair with tomato based tapas or hard cheeses
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 14th, 2009

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664. Marquis Philipps 'Sarah's Blend', South Eastern Australia, 2007
Plush!
Blackberries, cherries in chocolate and fruitcake aromas, clove, vanilla and cinnamon notes with a hint of marzipan. Supple and laden with decadent flavours - again, fruitcake, chocolate, sweet spices and ripe berries, the tannins are completely integrated. This wine goes down smoothly.
A perfect, easy-drinking, crowd pleaser for barbecue parties.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 22nd, 2009

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665. Marquis Philips 'Holly's Blend' South Eastern Australia, 2007
Tropical fruit aromas pop out on this blend of Vedelho, Chardonnay, Riesling and Semillon followed by exotic floral and citrus and warm spices. It's a fruit cup on the palate. fresh, bright and just off-dry with more spice on the tail end. An easy sipper, simple and aromatic that would pair wonderfully with spicy Asian-style dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 20th, 2009

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666. Marquis Philips Shiraz, South Australia, 2007
Crushed blackberries and plumcake aromas - chocolate and sweet spices...Juicy and ripe, supple on the palate with vanilla, espresso and cola flavours with quite a substantial finish. An easy-drinking and enjoyable Aussie Shiraz.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 5th, 2009

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667. Masi Campofiorin Rosso del Veronese, Veneto Italy, 2006
This ripasso wine containing the classic Corvina grape from Masi is a nice alternative to the slightly more costly Masi Amarone Della Valpolicella.
Initial aromas present a potpourri of cedar chips and crushed flowers, mixed berry fruits and leather with undertones of espresso grounds and carob. The palate is rich, earthy and savoury with spiced plums and tobacco, coffee and peppery notes. Expect a very good balance of fruit, acidity and fine tannins.
Pair with winter stews or rich meat dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 10th, 2009

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668. Masi Corbec, Valle de Uco Argentina, 2005
Following in the footstepsof their traditional Amarone-style winemaking in Italy, Masi has launched this first edition blend of 70% Corvina and 30% Malbec from Argentina.
A luscious wine with aromas of dark earth, rich dried fruits, warm spices, coffee and chocolate. It's smooth and dense on the palate, elegant yet fresh with a suggestion of sweetness from the recioto-style method of using dried grapes.
Delicious and unique!
Watch for the focus on Argentina in the BC Liquor Stores in June 2008.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 3rd, 2008

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669. Masi Tupungato Passo Doble, Argentina, 2006
Passo Doble means two-step in Spanish - its also a very seductive, dramatic dance that emulates the movements of a bullfighter.
Made in the style of Amarone, the Passo Doble is a blend of Corvina and Malbec from the famed Italian producer - Masi.
It has blended aromas of juicy red cherries and red plums, dried fruit, dark floral, coffee, spice and vanilla hints. On the palate it's full-bodied and smooth with seductive Paso Doble flavours, good acidity and fine, dusty tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 27th, 2008

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670. Masi Tupungato Passo Doble, Argentina, 2007
Passo Doble means two-step in Spanish - its also a very seductive, dramatic dance that emulates the movements of a bullfighter.
From Italian producer Masi, comes this Passo Doble a blend of Corvina (also used in making Amarone) and Malbec from their Argentine estate.
The aromas are rich and dark, purple berry fruit, fruitcake and mocha, saddle leather and spice. The palate is supple, it has great acidity and powdery tannins, the flavours are intense; spicy and earthy with plenty of espresso and pepper lingering on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 24th, 2009

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671. Matanzas Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County California, 2002
Dense smoked berry and plummy aromas, earth, hints of dried fruit and undertones of briary berries. Luscious on the palate, rich chocolate, velvety berry fruit and spiced vanilla flavours. Tannins are fine and still tight but the finish is extensive with dark cocoa hints.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 21st, 2008

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672. Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County California, 2004
A golden Chardonnay with caramel glints and intense toasted notes, grilled pineapple, citrus, vanilla and warm spice aromas. Weighty and rounded on the palate with dense - nearly liqueur-like flavours - of toffee apples and toasted oak with brown butter and lingering spice.
A substantial Chardonnay that will not disappoint.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 1st, 2008

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673. Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County California, 2004
Rich aromas - pineapple, honey blossoms, vanilla, ripe peaches and herbaceous notes of snap peas and cut grass. Crisp yet smoothly textured with lemon-vanilla cream, passion-fruit and toasty brown-sugar flavours on the palate. Finishes warm and zesty.
An intriguing blend of Sauvignon Blanc 76%, Sauvignon Musque 23%, Semillon 1%
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 15th, 2008

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674. Matanzas Creek Syrah, Sonoma County, California, 2004
Concentrated aromas - juicy, ripe blackberries and blueberries, leather, rich dark earth and mint chocolate. Creamy, ripe berry fruit and fresh plummy flavours, coffee beans, cocoa and peppery spices linger. The Matazas Creek is a wonderful example of a full-bodied, supple and beautifully balanced California Syrah.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 3rd, 2008

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675. Mazzei Fonterutoli Badiola, IGT Tuscany Italy, 2004
This wine has always been a terrific value IGT made primarily from Sangiovese. Black cherries, vanilla, leather and rich dark earth with undertones of plums and roses. Smooth - quite luscious on the palate with sweet fruit and spice, hints of licorice, rounded tannins and bright acidity to pair with food.
Delicious!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 18th, 2008

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676. McWilliams Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, South Eastern Australia, 2007
Quite opulent aromas of blackberries and cherry, mixed spices, oak spice and vanilla with hints of leather. Supple on the palate with plenty of juicy berry flavours, vanilla and cloves - very easy drinking.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 25th, 2009

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677. McWilliams Hanwood Estate Chardonnay, Australia, 2006
Gobs of sweet topical fruit, ripe melon and grilled pineapple, hints of butterscotch and vanilla with plenty of sweet spices. Its rounded on the palate but with a very appealing snappy, citric finish.
Buy two, this first one will go down easy...
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 25th, 2009

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678. McWilliams Hanwood Estate Merlot, South East Australia, 2007
An easy-sipping Merlot with sweet cherry and plummy aromas, rich, dark chocolate, saddle leather, spices, vanilla and smoky hints. A slightly dusty palate texture with spiced plum, dark berry and Christmas cake spices. Good acidity, soft tannins and lingering spice on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 11th, 2008

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679. Melini Chianti Classico DOCG, Tuscany Italy, 2006
Smoked cherry aromas, leather, clay and dark floral notes. Simple, rustic flavours on the palate - smoothly textured with spice, tobacco and red fruit. The acidity freshens, the finish shows dusty, dry tannins.
Good value spaghetti wine.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 1st, 2008

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680. Menage a Trois Rose, California, 2007
Brilliant cranberry in colour with rose petal, sweet cherry and summer berry aromas with an undertone of orange peel. Fresh and crisp on the palate - just off-dry - with exotically spiced red plums and more summer berry flavours. Smooth with no trace of bitterness on the finish.
Patio perfect!
A Menage a Trois blend of; Merlot, Syrah and Gewurztraminer.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 7th, 2008

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681. Meyer Family Vineyards Micro Cuvee Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, BC, 2007
Who ever would have thought that we would see the day when a BC Chardonnay sold for $65? Well that day has come and Meyer Family Vineyards created quite a stir with the launch of this wine a year ago. Now they are opening a new tasting room/cellar door near Okanagan Falls so you can buy this single vineyard, small lot Chardy directly from them.
You cannot deny it's an elegant, complex wine - more Burgundy than BC. Golden yellow in colour the aromas are flinty, creamy and nutty - think praline and a hint of vanilla, minerals and smoke with excellent oak integration. Golden fruits and snappy citric flavours are layered on the palate - pear, nectarine and a hint again of vanilla. It has a slick rounded texture, lovely balanced acidity and spiced, lingering finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 8th, 2009

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682. Meyer Family Vineyards Tribute Series Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley BC,2007
This single vineyard Naramata Bench Chardonnay is part of the Tribute Series from MFV - this vintage is dedicated to Haida artist Bill Reid and the Bill Reid Foundation. The winery is committed to producing premium single vineyard wines and will be opening a cellar door/tasting room near Okanagan Falls in April 2009.
Unquestionably an elegant wine, the nose is citrus infused toasted aromas, orange studded with cloves, minerals and a hint of praline. Mouth-watering and complex with crisp citrus and pineapple core flavours and a zesty, clean finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 2nd, 2009

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683. Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio Riserva,Trentino Italy, 2005
The price may be a bit higher than other Italian Pinot Grigios you normally quaff but the couple extra dollars is worth it!
Scented with peaches, honeysuckle, vanilla and sweet toasted nuts. Creamy in the mouth showing zesty citrus, more peach, slate and herbal flavours. It suggests voluptuousness and hints at oiliness but is wonderfully refreshing...
Do not miss this one!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 6th, 2007

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684. Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio Riserva,Trentino Italy, 2006
Gorgeous - lemon zest, spring blossoms, almonds and lime oil aromas. Loads of citrus, white fruits and mineral on the palate, clean flavours, a soft, rounded texture and a zesty finish.
Always delicious.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 3rd, 2009

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685. Mezzacorona Pinot Noir IGT Trentino Italy, 2007
Although Pinot Noir from Italy is not a common find, Mezzacorona does well by it, presenting characteristic cherry and rhubarb aromas, herbs and cocoa nibs with some rustic leather and tar undertones. It's light in body with flavours of cherry, cigarbox and fine spice. It's has a smooth, juicy palate with no discernable tannins.
Pair this well priced Pinot with a creamy mushroom souffle.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 8th, 2009

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686. Mezzacorona Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva, Trentino Italy, 2003
Juicy berries, dried cherries, sweet tobacco, earth, leather, vanilla and floral notes. The flavours combine and complete its aromas - ripe berry/cherry, smooth dark chocolate and vanilla with a sweet, layered finish.
Lovely!
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 1st, 2008

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687. Michel Torino Don David Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Cafayate Valley Argentina, 2007
The Michel Torino wines continue to impress me with their value.
The cabernet has a core of savoury notes, smoke and earth lifted by black currents, vanilla, chocolate and mint with just a hint of floral. It is delicious on the palate - expect layers of creamy berry fruit, mocha, espresso, vanilla and sweet spices. It's supple yet juicy and very well balanced with fruit, acidity and tannin.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 20th, 2009

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688. Michel Torino Don David Syrah Reserve, Argentina, 2006
Great value Syrah!
Sweet, up-front blackberry aromas with cedar, spices, rich chocolate, coffee bean and vanilla notes with a hint of caramel. Creamy berries on the entry, the cedar and peppery spice return on the palate with warm chocolate flavours. Full-bodied and smooth with bright acidity and medium tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 27th, 2008

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689. Michel Torino Don David Syrah Reserve, Argentina, 2007
Consistently good value, this is a knock-out Syrah with robust aromas of plums and blackberry, leather, chocolate and black pepper with a hint of banana. Fantastic acidity, loads of juicy blackberry and spice flavours throughout and mocha lingers. Good intensity and balance.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 19th, 2009

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690. Milton Park Shiraz, South Eastern Australia, 2007
Expect aromas of smoked plums, blackberry, mocha and spice, earthy/meaty undertones with a final lingering whiff of raspberries and pepper. Flavours of cocoa and smoked spice hit the palate first, dark fruit and chocolate next followed by coffee grounds and spice, roasted/char flavours linger on the finish.
Good value at $13.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 25th, 2009

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691. Mionetto IL Rose, Veneto Italy
A glorious watermelon-cranberry colour infused with the fragrance of summer flowers, juicy red berries and melon with a pinch of white pepper. Il Rose is just bubbly enough to tickle your tastebuds and is sufficiently dry showing cherries, dried berries and crisp citrus rind flavours. This pretty sipper is made from a blend of the Merlot, Cabernet and Raboso grape varietals but will also pair well with a variety of appetizers, cheese or shellfish.
Reviewed on CityFood.com June 19 2007
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 17th, 2007

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692. Mionetto Sergio 'MO' Rose, Veneto Italy, NV
The colour of wild strawberries with aromas of red cherry, warm blackberries, earth, violets and minerals. it is effervescent yet smooth with nice weight on the tongue showing vibrant berry, cherry pit, spice and a seam of citrus rind. This is no wimpy pink bubbly, it has solid grippy flavours, good acidity and a clean, firm finish.

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693. Mirassou Pinot Noir, California, 2006
Finding a Pinot Noir can be difficult enough post Sideways but finding one under $16 is the lottery.
The Mirassou Pinot is so easy drinking you'll want it by the case. It's a lovely ruby colour with aromas of red cherry and tart red berries, it tastes of juicy red fruits, vanilla and cocoa hints with a nod to sweet spices like licorice. It's medium-bodied, silky on the palate and pairs well with sake marinated edamame and green bean salad tossed in a tamarind-balsamic reduction.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 20th, 2008

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694. Mission Hill Reserve Merlot, Okanagan BC, 2005
Dark plummy aromas supported with cocoa and earthy-smoky notes and lifted with mint. Smooth on the palate showing fresh dark fruit and prune flavours with spice and cedar and meaty flavour nuances. Quite full-bodied and layered.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 7th, 2007

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695. Mission Hill 'Five Vineyards' Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
An excellent value Pinot Noir!
For under $20 you get this juicy, typical offering with sweet, earthy aromas - cherries, cedar box, wild berries and woodsy, forest floor and leather tones. On the palate it is silky and bright with plenty of cherry/berry, cedar and fine spice flavours. It has great acidity and plenty of fruit with a lingering finish.
Very good.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 22nd, 2009

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696. Mission Hill 'Five Vineyards' Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2007
An easy sipping Sauvignon with pretty floral and peachy aromas, citrus blossom and pears with just a hint of the cut grass aromas typical in SB. Smooth on the palate - surprisingly lush with rounded acidity - and flavours of pomelo, tangerine zest, minerals and cut grass - crisp and tasty with a mouth-watering finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 31st, 2008

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697. Mission Hill 'Perpetua' Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley, 2006
In October 2008, Mission Hill launched two well kept secrets. An impressive red blend called Quatrain and this pewter labeled Perpetua. This is an elegant Chardonnay meant to age like those from Burgundy.
It shows citrus and soft orchard fruit aromas, brown butter and toast with loads of minerality and citric flavours. The texture is creamy, the finish is long and clean.
Cellar worthy
Or...serve with white fish or pasta in lemon-butter sauce.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 23rd, 2009

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698. Mission Hill 'Quatrain' Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
A well-made blend of 41% Syrah, 32% Merlot, plus equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc this premium will impress.
On the nose expect assertive black cherry and briary berry aromas, vanilla and clove a hint of crushed flowers and allspice with savoury and herbal undertones. The palate texture is quite supple. Expect plush cherry and plums, vanilla and espresso with spicebox flavours lingering on the finish. The tannins are ripe and still chewy, the finish is long and chocolaty...
You could drink now, but it would benefit from 6 months to a year more in the cellar.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 5th, 2009

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699. Mission Hill 'Quatrain', Okanagan Valley BC, 2005
NEW!
Mission Hill recently gave birth to Quatrain, a little brother to the mighty Oculus. The brilliance of the Quatrain is not only its immediate drink-ability but its $20 lower price tag. A fine blend of Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet it's inky ruby in colour with cassis and fresh plum aromas, coffee and spices, chocolate and black currents. Ripe, fresh and quite lush on the palate, it is nonetheless a food wine - pair with braised short ribs or creamy mushroom pasta.
Reviewed in Infamous Magazine November 2008
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 4th, 2008

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700. Mission Hill Five Vineyards Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2006
Fresh aromas - crisp pear and apple with juicy citrus underlined with honey, caramel and spiced vanilla notes. On the palate it's crisp on the entry, creamy mid-palate with pear, lemon and honey flavours followed by oak spice on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 23rd, 2008

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701. Mission Hill Five Vineyards Chardonnay, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Very tempting creme brulee and grilled pear, golden pineapple and roasted nut aromas. The palate has lemon pudding, sweet spice and vanilla caramel flavours with plenty of tropical citrus and pineapple, the finish is crisp.
Pair with smoked cheeses, creamy pasta or roast chicken...
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 10th, 2009

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702. Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2006
Creamy pears and mixed tree fruit aromas with vibrant citrus and sweet spice notes. It tastes like biting into an anjou pear - the texture is softly rounded with more spice and crisp citrus on the palate.
Easy sipping or pair with seafood pasta.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 22nd, 2008

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703. Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2007
Good value! Consistent and tasty, this wine has aromas of creamy orchard fruits, melon and pear with stone fruit tones and just a hint of green leaf and blossoms. The entry is smooth, the fruit is juicy, there is a suggestion of spice and exotic citrus and floral flavours. Fresh, an easy quaffer with a clean, crisp finish that would pair well with fish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 23rd, 2009

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704. Mission Hill Five Vineyards Pinot Noir, Okanagan BC, 2006
Light ruby in colour with red cherry and cranberry aromas, tobacco, cedar and spices. Fresh and light-bodied with bright, tart berries, tobacco, crisp mineral flavours and more cedar and spice lingering on the finish. Perfect for summer salads, salmon and soft cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 9th, 2008

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705. Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan BC, 2005
Elegant.
Aromas are of fresh, sweet currants and plums, pepper and savoury herbs with cedar notes. Medium-full bodied and smooth on the palate showing black cherries, leather and rich dark earth followed with fine, integrated tannins and lingering spiced cocoa.
As an added bonus, a very drinkable 13% alcohol means a glass won't bring on the sandman.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 18th, 2007

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706. Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Lovely cassis, tobacco, chocolate and creamy berry aromas. It is supple on the entry, has a fine, elegant mid-palate with bright acidity, juicy red fruit, spice, tobacco and more chocolate. Ripe tannins, fine grained and lingering...
Very good quality for value BC Cabernet.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 21st, 2009

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707. Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2005
Bold aromas of lemon-cream, tropical fruit notes, butter, minerals and vanilla. On the palate it shows lemon, juicy pineapple and melon with a slightly oily weight in the mouth before finishing with smoked, spiced oak and vanilla flavours.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 10th, 2007

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708. Mission Hill Reserve Merlot, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Plush aromas - blackcurrents and hints of crushed raspberry, cedar box spices and lovely floral tones. A complex Merlot with good power - smooth, rounded and lush with berries, chocolate, coffee and earthy flavours, fine tannins and spice linger on the finish.
Very good.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 21st, 2009

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709. Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Fragrant! Cherries and cedar chips, mixed juicy berry aromas and violets, vanilla and mocha with undertones of forest floor. The palate is creamy - silky in texture, bright acidity with berry and leathery flavours. Fresh and very, very Pinot with a juicy, spiced finale...
Well done!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 2nd, 2009

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710. Mission Hill Reserve Riesling, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Stunning!
This is what consumers need to taste when they think nasty thoughts about Riesling.
Balance.
Lush aromas of honey, peaches, crisp Okanagan apples, orchard blossoms and minerals. A kiss of honeyed sweetness on the palate (offset by the lovely acidity) with ripe peach/apricot, zingy grapefruit and lime zest and a hint of apple peel in the mix. Balanced, crisp but softly rounded acidity - there is no arguing - this wine is not to be missed.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 1st, 2008

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711. Mission Hill Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2006
Brilliant straw with green glints the Reserve Sauvignon Blanc has layered aromas of honey-citrus, minerals, passionfruit and grassy/herbal notes. On the palate its clean and zippy with creamy, smoked hints and mandarin/tangerine on the finish.
Wonderful paired with the lemony-briny flavours of rice stuffed Greek dolmades!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 8th, 2007

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712. Mission Hill Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2006
This wine is wonderfully bright for already being over two years old. Loads of mineral, white orchard fruits and citrus, fresh herbs and grass clippings. Zesty flavours - jalapeno and peach, crisp citrus and undertones of caramel and fine spice from partial oak fermentation. Very refreshing, quite elegant with soft, not bracing, acidity...
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 19th, 2009

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713. Mission Hill Reserve Shiraz, Okanagan BC, 2005
Deep black cherry aromas, mocha liqueur, violets and white pepper. On the palate--spiced red plums, dried fruit hints and smoked meat flavours. Smooth tannins with coffee ground essence and a lingering juiciness on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 10th, 2007

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714. Mission Hill Reserve Shiraz, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Dark earthy aromas highlighted with black cherry and blackberry, notes of smoky cocoa, leather and finely ground white pepper. The flavours echo the aromas - juicy black fruits, chocolate and earthy hints with plenty of pepper, the acidity is balanced, it's bright, the texture is finely grained and the tannins smooth.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 25th, 2009

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715. Mission Hill Reserve Vidal Icewine, Okanagan BC, 2005
The bit of age on this icewine makes it very interesting and quite different from the newer vintage icewines. Creamy baked apples and quince marmalade, apricots, caramel and hints of roasted nuts. Smooth and dense with an almost earthy quality and balanced acidity - the caramels, marmalade and baked apple return and lnger on the palate.
Delicious.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 16th, 2008

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716. Mission Hill Riesling Icewine Reserve, Okanagan BC, 2006
Lush, upfront aromas - peachy-apricot and tea leaf aromas with notes of Italian torrone nougat. Luxuriant, ripe and rounded on the palate with oodles of sweet stone fruit flavours - mango, peach and apricot - as well as lingering ginger and candied citrus rind on the finish.
Decadent.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 19th, 2007

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717. Mission Hill Rose, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
This newly released (and first time ever made) rose combines Pinot Noir and Merlot grapes to give it tart red fruit and a soft backbone.
The colour makes my mouth water - a brilliant cranberry hue with bright aromas of cranberry, raspberry, orange peel, sweet spices and citrus. Crisp and fresh showing summer berries and peach skin flavours, vanilla and spice with a hint of tobacco on the tail end. It has just a suggestion of sweetness but loads of fresh acidity to balance pair with harvest dishes, white meat and cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 6th, 2008

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718. Mission Hill Rose, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
A very tasty blend of Merlot and Pinot Noir, the Mission Hill rose bucks the trend of this years powerhouse pinks coming from BC producers. Delicate yet mostly dry it suggests aromas of guava, red berries, earthy spices, crushed flowers and orange peel. Crisp on the palate, light-medium bodied with flavours of red fruit, citrus and fine spice - very easy sipping or pair with grilled fish, soft cheeses or spicy vegetable pakoras.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 28th, 2009

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719. Mission Hill S.L.C. Syrah, Okanagan BC, 2004
This generous (Select Lot Collection) Syrah has an inky purple-berry colour and lush upfront blackberry aromas with chocolate, pepper and vanilla notes. Robust dark fruit, spice, mint-chocolate and earthy peppery flavours and grippy, dusty tannins on the finish.
A wine that gives!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 9th, 2007

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720. Mission Hill SLC Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2006
The SLC Select Lot Collection Chardonnay is part of Mission Hill's ultra-premium tier of wines and it shows. Ripe melon and pear aromas and minerals on the nose with creamy fruit, toasted scones dipped in spiced-butter flavours - rich and fresh on the palate - elegant and layered, with smooth acidity and a lingering finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 23rd, 2008

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721. Mission Hill SLC Merlot, Okanagan Valley BC, 2004
The SLC Select Lot Collection Merlot is part of Mission Hill's ultra-premium tier of wines. The aromas are warm and intense - plums and sun-warmed berry aromas, spiced vanilla, dark earth, Kirsch, tobacco and rich dark earth with coffee liqueur and chocolate notes. Sweet, dense dark fruit and berry aromas, espresso and loads of spice flavours. Supple, with bright acidity and integrated tannins.
Very good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 15th, 2008

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722. Mission Hill SLC Sauvignon Blanc~Semillon, Okanagan BC, 2006
A luscious blend of 84% Sauvignon Blanc and 16% Semillon the 2006 blend features aromas of exotic citrus, honey, and ripe white fleshed fruits, melon and starfruit. The texture is rich, the acidity bright but soft with loads of citrus peel and subtle spice on the finish.
SLC - Select Lot Collection.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 23rd, 2008

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723. Mistaken Identity Abbondante Bianco, Salt Spring Island BC, 2008
From the Mistaken Identity's own certified organic, estate vineyard on Salt Spring Island, the Abbondante white is a blend of Madeline Angevine, Madeline Sylvaner, Ortega, Siegerrebe and Reichensteiner (an impressive line-up of hard-to-say [and spell] Germanic varieties)
Appealing aromas of apple and peach, tangerine peel and honeysuckle with hints of musk and spice. The palate is tart, mouth-watering with plenty of citrus, orchard fruits, spice and spring flowers, the finish is snappy with distinct apple-y flavours.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 25th, 2009

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724. Mistaken Identity Gewurztraminer, British Columbia, 2008
This Gewurztraminer is made from grapes from a certified organic vineyard in Westbank. Although in most cases the grapes used in new producer Mistaken Identity's wines usually include some from their own certified organic estate vineyard, on Salt Spring Island.
The Gewurztraminer has good classic aromas of mango, orange blossoms, sweet lime and exotic spice with peach skin. Stone fruit comes through on the palate, it's soft and lightly spiced with a gently rounded texture. Spice lingers but the acidity to give lift and freshness is lacking.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 24th, 2009

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725. Mistaken Identity Pinot Rose, British Columbia, 2008
This new winery, located on the Gulf Island of Salt Spring, has a great name, a well-designed package and the wines are all stated to be 100% organic. The winery is using fruit from their own certified organic vineyard on Salt Spring and a certified organic vineyard in Westbank, in the Okanagan Valley. The Pinot rose combines both vineyard sites to make this salmon coloured pink.
Aromas are red berries, loads of citrus and crisp mountain stream minerality. The palate is tart, dry and light in body with flavours of cranberry, citrus peel and a hint of cedarbox. It is crisp and clean but acidity dominates the palate - best paired with food like cheese, fish or creamy potato salad.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 24th, 2009

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726. Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne, Epernay France, NV
Fresh!
Citrusy with apple, star fruit, crisp tree fruit, loads of ripe pear and honey with white blossoms and toasted panattone aromas. Crisp on the palate, clean with a creamy mousse yet zesty throughout. A crowd pleasing Champers that will pair with anything from spinach dip to exotic canapes.
Tres bon!
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 17th, 2008

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727. Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial, Champagne France NV
Brilliant gold-yellow with delicate toasted brioche and nut aromas, creamy orchard fruits, citrus and honey blossoms. Vibrant on the palate with white fruit, minerals and peaches - clean, zippy and palate cleansing with additional toastyness on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 8th, 2007
Pristine golden-yellow with voracious bubbles and a bright aromas of pretty white flowers, exotic kumquat citrus, orchard pears and apples and fresh mineral notes. In the mouth, candied citrus rind ginger with a superbly clean finish. Oh look my glass seems to be empty...
As seen on CityFood.com March 6, 2007!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 29th, 2006

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728. Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial Champagne, France NV
A beautiful cranberry-amber coloured bubbly that's decadent and utterly irresistible.
Tiny, persistent beads of bubbles carry dazzling aromas of strawberry, currants and red cherry, purple flowers and minerals. In the mouth it is generous, creamy and bright, brimming with sweet red fruit and citrus peel flavours. Drink on its own or paired with hors d'oeuvres however you want it, just do it!
Reviewed in Infamous Magazine June 2008
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 30th, 2008

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729. Moillard Chassagne~Montrachet 1er Cru - Les Embazees, Burgundy Fr., 2006
Gorgeous - clean pear, mineral and citrus aromas with undertones of caramel. Crisp but smooth on the palate with similar pear, bright citrus and mineral flavours - elegant and charming - with a lingering finish enhanced by warm spices.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 13th, 2008

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730. Mont Gras Antu 'Ninquen' Syrah, Colchagua Valley Chile, 2005
Ripe, potent berry aromas - Raspberry, blueberry and blackberry with spiced molten chocolate and espresso notes. Smoky, spiced berry fruit on the palate, rich chocolate and layers of dense flavours with a supple finish.
Delicious!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 18th, 2008
Dense and jammy berry aromas spiked with black fruits, roasted coffee beans, rich chocolate and earthy notes. Smoothly layered and elegant on the palate, full-bodied and powerful with an almost liqueur-like intensity. A vibrant mouthful of berries, pepper and chocolate with a supple finish.
Very impressive!
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 12th, 2007

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731. Montalto Nero d'Avola & Cabernet Sauvignon, Sicily Italy, 2006
The appealing colour of crushed berries with smoky berry/cherry and tobacco aromas. Juicy and peppery on the palate, medium-bodied with strong earthy and cocoa nuances and a chewy finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 13th, 2007

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732. Montalto Pinot Grigio, Sicily Italy, 2007
Attractive lemon and peachy-pear aromas, secondary notes of floral and blood orange. Smooth ripe flavours with spices, herbal tones, minerals and citrus rind. The blood orange aroma returns to the palate and lingers on the finish. Bright, fresh and a very good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 12th, 2008

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733. Montresor Valpolicella Classico "Capitel della Crosara" Veneto Italy, 2005
Juicy and rustic with an appealing intensity--dried fruit and red cherries, a spiced, dusty texture in the mouth showing bright acidity. A combination of the trio...Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Yum!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 13th, 2007

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734. Morande 'Pinero' Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Chile, 2008
This is a refreshing and pretty wine without the overly assertive green/herbal aromas recognized in other Sauvignon Blancs. Clean mineral and delicate spring blossom aromas, guava, passion-fruit and snap peas with a hint of grass clippings. It is smooth on the palate with some creaminess to the texture with plenty of citrus and peach skin flavours. The finish is zesty and mouth-watering...
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 10th, 2009

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735. Morande 'Pinoero' Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley Chile, 2008
A lovely vibrant ruby hue with aromas of crushed violets, cranberry and red cherries, warm spice and cedar chips. It has substantial power for a pinot but the texture is wrapped in silk, it shows bright acidity and mixed sweet/tart red fruit flavours and loads of spice. The finish is a tad hot, the alcohol is 14.5%, but otherwise good Pinot character and an absolutely delicious one for the value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 22nd, 2009

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736. Morande Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Maipo Valley Chile, 2005
Earthy and sweet aromatics showing red currant, leather, oak spice, smoke and tobacco notes. Satisfyingly clean and fresh on the palate, medium-full bodied and smooth with bright fruit, cocoa and peppery spice flavours and fine, earthy tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 9th, 2008

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737. Morande Pinot Noir Reserva, Casablanca Valley Chile, 2006
An earthy and mysterious Pinot Noir with cherries and prominent briary fruit aromas, leather, dark cocoa, smoke, mossy-menthol tones and forest floor notes. On the palate it's smooth and earthy, medium-bodied with good acidity and spiked with savoury flavours, more briary fruit and lingering spice and char on the finish.
Pair with duck, lamb and root veg or mushroom dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 29th, 2007

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738. Moreson Blanc de Blancs Cap Classique, Franschhoek South Africa, NV
This pretty bubbly from South Africa is made from 100% Chardonnay. It has fine, tiny bubbles and flinty/stony mineral notes with toasted brioche and a hint of caramel softened by sweet orchard fruit aromas. The palate is crisp and quite delicate, it has a soft mousse, and subtle complexity with plenty of creamy fruit followed by a zing of citrus and herbal flavours lingering on the finish.
Very nice!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 4th, 2009

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739. Morning Bay Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley BC, 2003
Earth and vanilla, cherries, milk chocolate, a hint of crushed flowers and spices with dusty talc notes and char. Medium-full bodied on the palate with chocolate cherry flavours - low acidity and fully integrated tannins. Showing its age and shows little Cabernet Sauvignon character.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 21st, 2009

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740. Morning Bay Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2005
Cherries - stewed and dried, smoke and vanilla, earthy and minerally with composty notes and tomato leaf. The same cherry is echoed on the palate with spice and cedar flavours. Its light-medium bodied with spice and coffee ground flavours on the finish, the acidity is high, the tannins integrated.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 1st, 2009

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741. Moselland Ars Vitis Riesling, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Germany, 2006
This bottle is a work of art to adorn your table.
A straw coloured wine with greenish glints and classic Mosel Riesling aromas of lime, petrol, apricots, honey tangerine and minerals. Off-dry on the palate with fresh, lemony fruit, a soft mid-palate and a mouth-watering finish.
Pair with sweet & spicy marinated tofu or wasabi peas at snack-time.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 22nd, 2007

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742. Moselland Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Germany, 2006
Petrol, minerals, grapefruit, crisp green apples and lemon-lime aromas. Zippy and refreshing in the mouth, the aromas reappear on the palate with vibrant limeade flavours and a crisp, lingering finish.
Great value classic Riesling!
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 14th, 2008

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743. Mount Langi Ghiran "Billi Billi" Shiraz, Victoria, 2005
Effusive blueberry and cherry aromas, baking spices and espresso with crushed purple flowers and cedar chips. The palate is succulent and mouth-filling - almost chewy - with loads of purple fruit and eucalypt flavours, chocolate and sweet, fine spices. A lovely balance of fruit, acidity and structure, the tannins are supple.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 9th, 2009

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744. Mount Langi Ghiran 'Billi Billi' Shiraz, Victoria Australia, 2004
The aboriginal leader, King Billi Billi - who lived on this now Shiraz laden vineyard land in the 1800s - would be happy to indulge in this juice!
Vibrant with blueberry and black berry aromas, undertones of sweet spices, vanilla and oak and hints of red plum. Juicy, fresh berries on the palate, lush bodied with balanced acidity, subtle tannins and lingering vanilla, licorice and mixed spices.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 30th, 2007

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745. Mount Riley 'Savee' Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough NZ, 2007
I have to applaud the wonderful NZ Sauvignon Blanc-style of this bubbly. Everything you love in a Kiwi Sauv Blanc - snappy aromatics of grass clippings, jalapeno, passion fruit, gooseberry, elderberry blossoms, a dollop of honey and sweet golden pineapple. The palate echos the nose with great typicity - a creamy texture, persistent bubbles and crisp citrus-y finish. A year round option to pair with shellfish or creamy chevre.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 11th, 2008

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746. Mount Riley Pinot Noir, Marlborough~Nelson New Zealand, 2007
A clean - fresh Pinot with aromas of cherries and pepper, juicy pomegranate, patchouli, savoury herbal tones and cedar. Sweet fruit - forest berries and woodsy/earthy notes, cedar box and light peppery spice flavours that linger. Medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate - would pair well with rich fish or duck.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 6th, 2009

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747. Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough NZ, 2008
Great Sauvignon Blanc aromas; tropical fruits - kiwi, guava, passionfruit with grass cuttings, snap peas and jalapeno, gooseberries and elderberry flowers. Snappy and clean with mouth-watering flavours that echo the aromas and the finish lingers very nicely.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 14th, 2008

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748. Mt. Lehman Ehrenfelser, Fraser Valley BC, 2007
Just what I love about Ehrenfelser (this grape is a cross of Riesling and Sylvaner), bright fruitcup aromas, pear, honey, apple and lemon with orange blossoms and a hint of sweet herbs. The palate is off-dry but has crisp acidity to balance and a bright, clean finish.
Very tasty with spicy Indian cuisine!

Mt. Lehman winery is located just outside of Abbotsford. They popped onto my radar at the start of September and popped onto my palate less than two weeks later. I was impressed not only at the quality of the white wines I tasted but that owner Vern Siemens has been growing his estate vines longer than many folks in the Okanagan.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 14th, 2009

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749. Mt. Lehman Riesling, Fraser Valley BC, 2008
This winery, just outside of Abbotsford popped onto my radar at the start of September and popped onto my palate less than two weeks later. I was impressed not only at the quality of the white wines I tasted but that owner Vern Siemens has been growing his estate vines longer than many folks in the Okanagan.
The Riesling reminds me of the more austere German Rieslings I tasted there...aromas of green apples and peach blossoms, lemon drops and minerals. The palate provides similar lemon-lime and apple peel flavours with a kiss of honey. It is a fantastically clean and crisp Riesling with a hint of sweetness but wonderful mouth-watering acidity.
Bravo!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 14th, 2009

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750. Navarro Lopez 'Pergolas' Old Vine Tempranillo, Valdepenas Spain, 2004
Good value!
Black cherry and wild berries, earthy, inky aromas with suggestions of dark flowers, minerals and carob. Medium-full bodied with similar cherry, earthy/savoury and spiced flavours. Smooth on the entry and mid-palate, the finish is somewhat choppy with roasted carob flavours and light tannins.
Pair with smoked or mild, washed rind cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 23rd, 2008

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751. Navarro Lopez 'Pergolas' Old Vines Tempranillo, Valdepenas Spain, 2006
Excellent Value!
Rich on the nose with liqueur-type intensity - expect ripe sunwarmed cherries, cocoa, cigarbox and smoke with an earthy core. Bold, but with an old-world rusticity, medium-bodied with flavours of strawberry, mocha, leather and spicebox with powdery tannins across the palate.
A good weekday dinner wine with rich meats, red sauces, stews...
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 20th, 2009

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752. Nederburg "The Winemaster's Reserve" Riesling, Western Cape SA, 2008
Ripe peaches and caramel hints, flinty, smoky and vibrant lemon zest aromas. The citrus aromas engage on the palate, zesty, snappy lemon flavours...it's taut and dry with a softly rounded finish.
Pair with crisp summer salads or shellfish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 20th, 2009

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753. Nederburg 'Wine Master's Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape South Africa, 2006
Currants, sweet earthy aromas, savoury smoked meat, green bell pepper and a hint of rubber on the nose. Medium-full bodied on the palate - the flavours echo the aromas with currants, smoked and savoury hints, tobacco and spice with a dose of jalapeno on the finish. The tannins are quite integrated the flavours linger - making this a wine well suited to barbecuing.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2008

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754. Nederburg 'Wine Master's Reserve' Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape South Africa, 2007
Jalapeno pops out of the glass followed by tart gooseberry, citrus, passionfruit and spring greens. Assertive Sauvignon flavours on the palate for those don't like wimpy whites.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 5th, 2009
Yum!
Assertive aromas of jalapeno, gooseberry, elderberry flower, green apple peel and citrus.
Refreshingly crisp on the palate with cut grass, snap peas, sweet gooseberry and lemon. Zesty, mouth-watering and perfect for summer dishes, shellfish in an herbed-citrus broth or a slab of goats cheese on the patio.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 9th, 2008

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755. Nederburg 'Winemaster's Reserve' Shiraz, Western Cape South Africa, 2006
Smoky notes followed by juicy berry and plum aromas, spice, leather, cigar and meaty, charred whiffs. On the palate a revelation of bright, fresh fruit, the texture is supple, the weight is full-bodied the finish has a bit of grip but lingers nicely with spice and leather.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 18th, 2008

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756. Nederburg Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape South Africa 2006
Crisp and herbaceous with gooseberry, fresh cut grass, passion fruit and sweet pea floral notes. Similarily zippy on the palate with loads of grass, herbal flavours and lemon with a mouth-watering finish.
A great food wine that loves goats cheese ravioli in herbed-cream sauce.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 20th, 2007

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757. Nepenthe Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills Australia, 2005
Zippy!
Cut grass, snap peas, gooseberries and lemon peel aromas. A crisp and zesty palate that shows potent, mouth-watering flavours and lip-smacking citrus, grass and herbs.
Pair with asperagus and chevre quiche.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 10th, 2007

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758. Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve Particuliere, Champagne France
Elegant and fresh with persistent fine bubbles.
Apple and citrus blossoms, baked pear and brioche with toasted pecan and mineral notes. Tangy, mouth-filling mousse with flavours of citrus zest, toasted brioche and nutty flavours lingering on the finish. Fill 'er up!
Also available in 375ml & 200ml sizes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 15th, 2008

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759. Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose, Champagne France, NV
A delicious salmony-pink colour with delicate bubbles. On the nose, the Feuillatte Rose shows a medley of mixed berries, peachy hints, dried flowers and loads of toast and spice notes. It has crisp citrus and creamy berries on the palate with toasted spice, cinnamon stick and a lingering zesty finish.
Elegant and daring, a bubbly that can be sipped with hors d'oeuvres or paired with goats cheese souffle.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 28th, 2007

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760. Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose, Champagne France, NV
A delicious salmony-pink colour with unending streams of bubbles. It will seduce you with aromas of strawberries, peach skin, cedary spices and ginger with toasty undertones layered with crushed flowers and mixed summer berries. Smooth and creamy on the palate with leesy hints, citrus zest and a hint of fresh mint. Fresh and vivacious with nice backbone that will take this bubbly from cocktail appetizers to the dinner table with turkey or duck.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 15th, 2008

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761. Nicolas Feuillatte Reserve Brut, Champagne France
Bathe in it if you can but bring a straw to the tub.
Always a treat (second only to its pinky sister in my house) the Feuillatte Brut is a pretty straw-hued sparkler with assertive tiny bubbles and aromas of peach skin, toasted almonds, apple and citrus blossoms. Its super-crisp on the entry with a mouth-filling mousse tasting of orchard fruits, mineral and lemon rind then grows creamy mid-palate and finishes with toasted, nutty flavours.
Also available in 375ml & 200ml sizes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 18th, 2007

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762. Nieto Senetiner Cabernet~Shiraz Reserva, Medoza Argentina, 2005
An opaque dark ruby colour with fresh, fruity aromas - black currants, red currants and black cherry, chocolate, earth, meaty-leathery notes, dark flowers and sweet cedar. Layers upon layers of dense flavours - sweet berries, pepper, licorice, cocoa-coffee and spiced oak. Smooth on the palate showing nice acidity with supple tannins and lingering char, smoke and spice flavours.
Good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 26th, 2008

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763. Nk'Mip 'Qwam Qwmt' Syrah, Okanagan BC, 2005
A robust wine, full bodied and earthy with blackberry, plum and sausage aromas as well as notes of cocoa, leather pepper and savoury herbs. Intense and opaque it has bright berries and dark fruit swirled with bitter chocolate, more spice and pepper and meaty char-grill flavours, good acidity and still youthful, chewy tannins.
A wine for protein based dishes, decant before serving or cellar for 2-5 more years.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 29th, 2007

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764. Nk'Mip Cellars 'Qwam Qwmt' Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2006
Gorgeous, vibrant aromas jump out of the glass. Ripe Bosc pear and golden pineapple, vanilla caramels, citrus and tropical floral notes. Crisp yet soft and lush on the palate with sweet melon and pear, butterscotch, pineapple and spiced vanilla.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 11th, 2008
The 2006 Q2 is rich golden-yellow in colour with ripe tropical notes - creamy pineapple, toasted nut brittle and melon with lemony hints. Layered and assertive on the palate with smooth oak, pineapple and pear fruit and toasty spices on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 22nd, 2007

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765. Nk'Mip Cellars Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2006
Love the easy access screw-cap closure!
A brilliant yellow colour with sweet pear and apple aromas and undertones of tropical fruit, vanilla and butterscotch. Fresh on the palate with crisp flavours of citrus and white fruit surrounded by spiced vanillin oak. Warm and rounded with mouth-watering acidity and a terrific balance of fruit and oak.
5% Pinot Blanc blended in.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 7th, 2008

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766. Nk'Mip Cellars Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2007
Good value!
Sinfully appealing aromas - smells like biting into a caramel apple. But you can't dismiss the juicy pineapple, creamy pear, honey and vanilla spiked with sweet spices....The palate is loaded with toasted spices, pineapple and grilled lemon halves - minerality and more spices provide the missing link. Very drinkable, fresh with a soft round palate and bright acidity.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 22nd, 2009

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767. Nk'Mip Cellars Merlot, Okanagan BC, 2005
A dark cherry-hued Merlot with clean aromas of red cherries and berries, warm spices, fresh herbs and chocolate. Pure flavours with a bright fruit intensity and layers of sweet toasty spice and leather. Smooth and elegant with soft tannins. Drinking nicely now.
5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 2nd, 2008

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768. Nk'Mip Cellars Pinot Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2007
Extravagantly perfumed with peach nectar, white blossoms, a hint of melon and juicy citrus. Vibrant acidity on the palate with flavours of spiced honeydew melon, lime juice, a suggestion of herbs and a pinch of nutmeg. The texture is smooth and it has a lovely weight.
About 10% Chardonnay has been added to the Pinot Blanc is this tasty combo.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 21st, 2008

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769. Nk'Mip Cellars Pinot Noir, Okanagan BC, 2006
Lovely red berry and dark cherry fruit aromas with cedary notes, toast and vanilla. Youthful and fresh - smooth on the palate with solid fruit, spice and leather, supple tannins and lingering finish. Always a tasty, reliable Pinot from a wonderful South Okanagan winery.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 6th, 2008

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770. Nk'Mip Cellars Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
The Nk'Mip (pronounce Inkameep please) Pinot Noir leans toward a savoury BC style with plenty of sage-y herbal notes, sour cherry, cedarbox, spice and leather. The texture is smooth, it slides onto your palate, it's fine-boned and light-bodied with red fruit and woodsy flavours and a slight bitterness on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 4th, 2009

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771. Nk'Mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan BC, 2005
Berries, black fruits, earth and cocoa aromas with undertones of herbs and coffee beans. Dark, dense fruit on the palate - blackberry, black currant flavours with plummy hints, coffee, earth and spice. Balanced, with good acidity, chewy on the mid-palate with smooth tannins on the finish.
11.5% Merlot
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 20th, 2008

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772. Nk'Mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt Meritage, Okanagan BC, 2005
Fresh, juicy red berry aromas, mint-chocolate and creamy vanilla notes. The bright berry fruit continues on the palate, tobacco and chocolate follow with layers of oak and toasted spice flavours. Full-bodied with harmonious acidity and a lingering finish.
50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 20th, 2008

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773. Nk'Mip Cellars Qwam Qwmt Merlot, Okanagan BC, 2005
Rich, warm and earthy - smokey plum and black cherry aromas with sweet allspice and Bourbon vanilla notes. The sweet dark fruit continues on the palate - silky on the tongue with vanilla, spice and leather-y flavours. Supple tannins on the finish with lingering choco-coffee flavours.
Beautiful!
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 20th, 2008

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774. Nk'Mip Cellars Riesling, Okanagan BC, 2007
Soft aromatics of gala apple, apricots, musky wild honey and pomelo citrus notes. Mouth-watering acidity with green apple flavours followed by lime and minerals - a pleasantly tart finish with rounded acidity.
Another vintage, well made and delicious!
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2008

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775. Nk'Mip Qwam Qwmt Merlot, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
A plush wine featuring aromas of dark plums, dried cherries, leather, toffee with warm spice, white pepper and savoury herbs. The palate is smooth, flavours of juicy forest berries, sweet spice and pepper with a decadent and supple finish.
Another impressive vintage for winemaker Randy Picton...
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 10th, 2009

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776. Nk'Mip Qwam Qwmt Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Another great vintage for Nk'Mip's Q2 Pinot Noir.
Fragrant with crushed dark floral and juicy cherry aromas, raspberries and vanilla, cedar box and fine spice. The palate is supple, laden with sweet red berries and cherries, pepper and savoury hints follow and then flavours of espresso bean and spice linger. A well made, fine grained wine with a smooth finish.
Excellent.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 19th, 2009

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777. Nk'Mip Qwam Qwmt Syrah, Okanagan Valley, 2006
Balancing consumer demand for fruit, with style and focus in a bottle seems to be Nk'Mip's forte. The aromas display spiced plums, black cherries, fragrant floral and savoury notes, roasted coffee beans and cocoa. It's fresh and direct on the palate, the flavours echo the aromas, the tannins are integrated and spice lingers lovingly on the finish.
The great acidity and integrated tannins make this wine delicious with classic cheese fondue
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 3rd, 2009

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778. Noble Ridge Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2005
The Noble Ridge Chardonnay seems to be taking the local wine cognoscenti by storm-which unfortunately makes it hard to find so you can sample it for yourself.
Super creamy with butterscotch, buttery baked pear, warm spices and a firm hand with French and American oak. Solid mid-palate weight, smoky wood, spice, nuts and vanilla with a warm, bold finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 31st, 2007

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779. Noble Ridge Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Located just east of Okanagan Falls the 35 acre estate of Noble Ridge was established in 2001. They now produce a half-dozen differnt wines including this Pinot Grigio. Solid pear aromas with loads of minerality, some orchard blossom and citric notes and a hint of stone fruit - plenty of acidity and a snappy finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 15th, 2009

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780. Norton 'LoTengo' Torrontes, Argentina 2007
Okay - so the label is a bit campy, but if you like aromatic wines, good value and a quaffer to pair with spicy food - this is your wine.
Ripe melon and peach aromas - tropical hints - honey and lime zest with loads of floral notes. It's slick on the palate and flavours similar to Gewurztraminer - spices and rose flavours, lychee and peaches with citrus lingering through the finish.
Good value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 18th, 2009

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781. Norton Sangiovese, Mendoza Argentina, 2005
The Norton has seductive aromas of sweet cherries, violets, cedar, cocoa, licorice, vanilla and black currant notes. On the palate it's smooth and peppery on the entry; it grows on the mid-palate with rustic flavours of spiced red fruit and finishes softly with tobacco and leathery flavours.
And the best part is the price!
As reviewed in Infamous Magazine Sept 2007
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 1st, 2007

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782. Norton Sangiovese, Mendoza Argentina, 2006
Up-front fruit - ripe red cherry, dark floral notes, grapey aromas, sweet spice and vanilla with blueberry tones. Silky on the palate with juicy, jammy fruit - cherry and blueberry - leather, cedar and more sweet spice on the palate.
Very easy drinking - great value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 23rd, 2008

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783. Nugan Estate Manula Grove Durif, Riverina NSW Australia, 2006
We all like change right?
Okay maybe some of you don't but have you ever tasted Durif? Well you may have if you have tasted a California Petit Syrah. Some research suggests that Durif is not actually Petit Syrah but that doesn't prevent the labelling or the similarities I find in flavours.
This is a lovely wine with juicy blueberry and bramble/briary aromas with dark floral notes. Sweet, juicy fruit on the palate with cocoa and tight tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 18th, 2007

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784. Nugan Estate McLaren Parish Shiraz,McLaren Vale Australia,2005
Appealing aromas of dark berries, orange peel, eucalyptus and violets with rich chocolate and spice notes. Lush on the palate with lots of spiced berry and a smooth vanilla-y finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 28th, 2007

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785. Nuviana, Huesca Spain, 2005
An excellent value weekday dinner wine made from Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah.
Warm cherry and raspberry aromas, lifted dark floral supported by earthy, leathery undertones and a seam of iodine. Polished on the palate, spicy and leathery with wild blueberry flavours. Integrated tannins and bright balanced acidity with a price that says buy two!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 31st, 2008

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786. Oak Bay Gamay Noir, Okanagan BC, 2007
Loads of black cherry and cracked black pepper with undertones of dried fruits, cocoa and mixed spice. The dried fruit reappears on the palate laden with cracked pepper and black fruits. Lots of acidity and integrated tannins pair with hearty pastas and slow roasted meats.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 15th, 2009

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787. Oak Bay Vineyards Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Kelowna's St. Hubertus is also the producer of the Oak Bay Vineyards wines.
An impressively aromatic Gewurztraminer presenting peaches, lychee, starfruit, candied tangerine peel and warm spices. It has nice, typical Gewurztraminer flavours; it's crisp, freshly delicate, with spice and white grapefruit lingering on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 13th, 2009

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788. Obikwa Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa, 2008
You can't deny the price is right...
Typical Sauvignon - grass clippings, snap peas and gooseberry with loads of citric elements - crisp and juicy on the palate with a tart finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 2nd, 2009

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789. Obikwa Shiraz, South Africa, 2008
A very good value weekday Shiraz with creamy black fruits, leather and earth with just a hint of rubber on the nose. The palate is supple, the fruit sweet and ripe it has a savoury character that pairs well with barbecued foods. Very easy drinking - wine for a party...
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 23rd, 2009

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790. Oracle Shiraz, Western Cape South Africa, 2005
Super easy drinking, the Oracle Shiraz has jammy blackberry, plummy and vanilla aromas with undertones of mocha. On the palate its supple and rich with ripe berries, coffee, chocolate, a suggestion of charred meats followed by a smooth finish.
Good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 22nd, 2008

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791. Orofino "Sagebrush" Pinot Noir, Similkameen BC,2006
This new screw-capped Pinot Noir had just been released when I tasted it at Orofino. It's a second, entry level series called Sagebrush that was harvested from non-estate fruit.
The label is slightly different than the classic Orofino and the juice is good. Youthful, with aromas of sour cherry, dried strawberries and spiced tobacco with red fruit on the palate, surprising power and hints of savoury herbs, smoke, leather and spice on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 22nd, 2007

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792. Osborne Solaz Tempranillo-Cabernet Sauvignon, Spain, 2004
The Tempranillo in this blend takes the lead with black cherry, berry, bacon and mineral aromas with leather and fleur de sel notes. On the palate the wine is earthy and chewy...plummy and cherried with peppery spices and dusty tannins on the finish.
Like the bull on the label obviously states, this wine wants meat.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 23rd, 2007

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793. Osoyoos Larose "Petales d'Osoyoos", Okanagan Valley BC 2004
Osoyoos LaRose's little brother is big- meaty, burley and brawny. I suggest you decant it for at least one hour. Black cherry, plum, black current and leather aromas with dried fruit and earthy-woodsy notes. Intense on the palate with cocoa, tobacco, leather, spice and aggressive tannins that soften with decanting. Recommended eats are strictly protein based.
As reviewed in Infamous Magazine August 2007
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 20th, 2007

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794. Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin, Okanagan BC, 2005
This now well recognized Bordeaux-style blend is all BC. A joint venture between the Bordeaux based Group Taillan and Vincor Canada the grapes are 100% BC and the production takes place in the Southern Okanagan but the winemaker Pascal Mavedon, is wholly French.
The 2005 vintage is a dense and heady combination of rich dark earth, savoury herbs, berry fruit and dried plum aromas with whiffs of pencil shavings and smoky/meaty notes. On the palate it is purely masculine, chewy and quite massive showing cocoa, leather and sweet tobacco with a chewy texture and lingering char flavours.
Decant if you must consume now but this would make a wonderful cellar gift.
Released November 2007
67% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 12th, 2007

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795. Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin, Okanagan BC, 2006
Surprisingly approachable for such a young, powerful wine. I decanted it two hours in advance of reviewing it and found it to have loads of sweet, upfront berry aromas followed with chocolate, leather and graphite, a whiff of bacon fat and savoury herbs, cassis, plums, jalapeno and mixed spice. The entry is fresh, then fine tannins kick in - it's elegant with good acidity and layers of chocolate, spice, coffee, roasted meat, gravel and berry fruits. Full-bodied with ripe, powerful tannins at the back and a lingering smoky finish.
Released November 2008 in British Columbia, Newfoundland in Spring 2009 and the 2005 vintage will be released in Ontario in February followed later by Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
69% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 8th, 2008

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796. Oyster Bay Merlot Rose, Hawke's Bay New Zealand, 2006
A beautiful hue, the colour of cherry juice with fresh red berry and sour cherry aromas and a hint of crushed flowers. Dry on the palate with crab apple, tart berries and some cedary, spiced nuances. Bright acidity with a zesty, contemplative finish this rose has some power to it - allowing it to be paired with anything from cheese and appetizers to fish and lighter meat dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 17th, 2008

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797. Pacific Breeze "GSM", High Valley - Lake Country Calif., 2006
A juicy, fresh blend of the famed Rhone varietals; 43% Grenache, 51% Syrah and 6% Mourvedre. Rich garnet with purplish hints and upfront fruit aromas of mixed berries and prune plums, chocolate, dark flowers, Christmas cake spices and inky/iodine notes. Fresh berries, creamy cherry and allspice flavours with supple tannins.
Very good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 16th, 2008

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798. Pacific Breeze 'Killer Cab', 2006
Pacific Breeze Winery, located in New Westminister has deftly handled the "Cellared in Canada" debacle by naming the vineyard in which their grapes come from right on the label. Or, in the case of this new "Killer Cab" the label clearly states; "Produced and cellared in New Westminister BC from USA grapes". Simple, honest and effective.

The wine itself has gobs of briary berry aromas, chocolate nougat, sweet vanilla and hints of coconut. Its super easy drinking but still has some complexity - jammy fruit, liberal chocolate, espresso and spice. Nicely balanced with soft tannins and good acidity.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 17th, 2009

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799. Pacific Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon "aCURE eSTATE Vineyards", Alexander Valley Ca., 2005
Made with 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17.5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet franc and 1% Petit Verdot it has upfront cassis, cherry and cedar aromas with undertones of vanilla, chocolate and a hint of marzipan. Lush and full-bodied on the palate showing elegant layered flavours of smooth berries with spiced cocoa and oak on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 1st, 2008

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800. Pacific Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon "Hawk & Horse Vineyards", Lake County, Ca., 2005
Cassis and briary fruit on the nose with undertones of cedar, vanilla and mint. On the palate it's full-bodied and smooth with luxuriant, dark berry/cherry fruit, vanilla spices and chocolate with fine, dusty tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 1st, 2008

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801. Pacific Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon "Signature Series", Red Hills Lake County Ca., 2005
The "Signature" Cabernet is made from 91% Cabernet, 8% Syrah and a half-percent each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Rich aromas - fresh dark berries, sweet chocolate, warm spices and vanilla. Smooth fruit on the palate, earth and minerals followed by peppery spices, tobacco and cocoa with firm tannins throughout.
This is a cellar keeper.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 1st, 2008

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802. Pacific Breeze Chardonnay "Sangiacomo Vineyards", Carneros Ca., 2005
Golden-hued with rich toasty aromas, ripe pear, roasted pineapple, caramel and oak spice. On the palate it’s rounded and smooth with creamy fruit, spiced rum and caramel flavours.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 1st, 2008

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803. Pacific Breeze Chardonnay "Sangiacomo Vineyards", Carneros Ca., 2006
Brilliant with golden glints and sweet caramel aromas, golden pineapple, minerals and lemon vanilla. On the palate it is fresh showing tropical fruit, citrus, butterscotch, minerals with vanillin and toasted oak spices on the finish.
When I tasted this new vintage of the Pacific Breeze Chard it was a bit awkward - perhaps because it had been recently bottled. But the longer it stayed open the more cohesive it became. A few months in the bottle should help smooth it out.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 21st, 2008

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804. Pacific Breeze Winery Hawk & Horse Vineyard Red Hills California Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005
This "made and cellared in Canada from USA grapes" (clearly stated on the front label) Cabernet has the addition of 18% Merlot to flesh it out.
Spicy blackcurrent aromas take the lead followed by rich dark earth, chocolate and a hint of prune. The palate is powerful and focused but still bright, it has plenty of cedarbox and spice flavours with firm, chewy chocolate tannins on the finish.
Despite the age, this wine could still use some cellar time, or decant and serve with some hard aged cheese or dense protein dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 17th, 2009

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805. Painted Rock Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
One of BC's newest wineries, the Painted Rock Estate Winery has launched with an impressive portfolio and a nod as the best new winery at the 2009 Okanagan Fall Wine Festival wine competition.
The Cabernet has a complex bouquet of smoke, savoury herbs and leathery notes with fresh raspberry and blackcurrent aromas and plush chocolate. It's medium to full-bodied with a smooth texture, flavours of coffee, smoked spices, wild berries and meaty tones with tobacco and some toasted oak flavours and powdery tannins lingering on the finish. Not a bruiser of a Cabernet, leaning more toward refined.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 17th, 2009

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806. Palandri Boundary Road Sauvignon Blanc, Western Australia 2004
Juicy!
Bright on the nose and refreshing on the palate with cut grass, melon/peach, citrus, asparagus and white floral notes. Mouth-watering with attractive fruit and a lingering finish.
Note:This wine will be on LTO until December 30th for $14.99!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 18th, 2007

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807. Palo Alto Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley Chile, 2007
Rich smoky and flinty aromas followed closely with grass, wild herbs, gooseberry and white grapefruit then more earthy minerality and a hint of honey at the back. Zingy, mouth-watering acidity, tart gooseberry and sour citrus zest flavours that pair well with fresh, creamy cheeses or dishes with herbed-lemon sauces.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 19th, 2008

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808. Palo Alto Reserva, Maule Valley Chile, 2008
This chewy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Carmenere and 15% Syrah features savoury aromas of dark berries and roasted herbs, plenty of spice, mocha and a hint of bell pepper. The palate is supple, it's medium-full bodied with flavours of espresso and leather, dark fruits and grilled meat with toasted oak and green olives.
It is a hearty wine that is meant to be paired with hearty roasted meats or rich stews.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 9th, 2009

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809. Palo Alto Reserva, Maule Valley, Chile, 2006
Opaque and purplish in colour with addictive mixed berry compote aromas--blueberry and black currant with plummy notes, chocolate and leather. Luscious on the tongue with mouth-filling berries, cocoa and meaty nuances with smooth vanilla on the finish.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chile's classic Carmenere--A wine you could eat with a spoon--what's not to love?

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810. Pampas del Sur Reserve Cabernet~Malbec, Tupungato Argentina, 2007
A 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, this densely coloured red has appealing raspberry and blackberry aromas, sweet vanilla and cinnamon, mint chocolate patties and pepper with tobacco leaf undertones. Fantastic acidity on the palate, it is a supple, mouth-filling wine with plenty of fruit, chocolate and sweet spice flavours and fine tannins on the finish.
A very good value weekday red option to pair with meat or rich pastas.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 11th, 2009

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811. Paradise Ranch Riesling Icewine, Okanagan BC, 2004
One of the few wineries in the world comitted to producing only late harvest and icewine, Paradise Ranch may very well be the sweetest winery on earth.
The Riesling Icewine has impressive confection aromas of mango-peach jam, honey, sweet spices and caramel notes. Round and ultra-rich on the with a similar flavour/aroma profile and lingering candied citrus on the finish.
This wine is the gift for the sweet-tooth on your list.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 19th, 2007

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812. Parducci Petite Sirah, Mendocino County California, 2005
Fragrant and fresh berry fruit aromas, sweet spices, cedar, vanilla and tobacco notes that reappear on the palate. Blueberry and wildberry flavours, tobacco, cocoa and espresso. Medium-full bodied with fine, drying tannins on the finish.
A wine that will appeal to all those concerned about the environment the Parducci is family farmed, locally owned and operated, carbon neutral, solar powered and uses earth friendly packaging - that means cork!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2008

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813. Parducci Petite Sirah, Mendocino County California, 2006
A wine that will appeal to all those concerned about the environment the Parducci is family farmed, locally owned and operated, carbon neutral, solar powered and uses earth friendly packaging.
Aromas are of juicy cherries, blueberry pie, crushed floral, chocolate and sweet spices. Bright berry fruit on the palate, leather and earth with loads of spices, fine tannins linger on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 8th, 2008

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814. Parducci Pinot Noir California, 2005
A wine worth going sideways for! There are many things I can say no to--Pinot Noir is not one of them and the Parducci does not disappoint.
Sweet berry aromas-raspberry and wild blueberries with sour cherries, leather, tobacco and fresh, earthy herbs. On the palate the Parducci is smooth and feminine with bright berries and a cedar box full of exotic spices.
Reviewed for CityFood.com March 28 2007!
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 25th, 2007

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815. Parker Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra Australia, 2003
Named for the famous Terra Rossa (red soil) in Australia's Coonawarra region the Parker Cabernet shows the elegance of its namesake terroir.
Sweet currant, blueberry and eucalyptus aromas with leather and savoury herbal notes. Fresh and supple on the palate, great balance with leathery, vanillin and spiced flavours, smoothed-out tannins and lingering chocolate on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 22nd, 2007

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816. Pascual Toso Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2007
Blackberries and cherry aromas, spice, leather and coffee with meaty, smoked undertones. Intense on the palate with typical meaty/sausage type flavours, spices and fresh blueberry and blackberry with potenet cocoa and coffee flavours. Big, juicy and fresh with ripe tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 30th, 2008

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817. Pascual Toso Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza Argentina, 2006
Loads of sweet purple berries and red current aromas, smoke, leather and cedar chips and lifted minty notes. The palate is smooth, fresh with juicy wildberry flavours, the tannins are soft and fine spice lingers on the finish.
Very good.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 3rd, 2009

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818. Pascual Toso Reserve Malbec Las Barrancas, Argentina, 2006
This wine was available in BCLDB stores but is now available only in private wine stores. Price may vary.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 3rd, 2008
An intense garnet-purple hue with rich raspberry and blueberry aromas, fragrant dark floral, earth and chocolate notes. On the palate it's supple and sweet with lush berry flavours, coffee, warm spices and a peppery finish.
Good value!

Wine Scores Reviewed - March 3rd, 2008

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819. Pascual Toso Sauvignon Blanc, Argentina, 2007
Fresh and floral aromas showing grass clippings, lemon, passion fruit, star fruit and minerals. Refreshing on the palate with more clean citrus and minerals hints of honey and mixed tree fruit flavours.
Very good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 25th, 2008
A great, refreshing value!
Bright aromas featuring lemongrass, herbs, passion fruit, minerals and hints of fennel. Clean on the palate with juicy mandarin and lemon flavours, hints of tropical floral and more mineral. Crisp but not overwhelming acidity makes this as good a sipper as it is a food wine.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 26th, 2008

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820. Pasual Toso Malbec, Mendoza Argentina, 2007
Impressive value!
Fragrant blackberry, crushed floral notes, sweet spices with pepper and clove notes. Expect a full, supple palate with loads of sweet black cherry and blackberry, cocoa, warm spice and tobacco. Good acidity and fine tannins lingering on the finish. A nice balance of sweet, supple and spicy!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 29th, 2009

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821. Paul Mas Grenache Noir, Pays d'Oc France, 2007
Surprising heft!
This red wine packs a powerful, fruit-driven punch! Gobs of black berries and black cherry, a potpourri of crushed floral and cedar chip notes, smoked spices and vanilla. Impressively potent on the palate, but supple, laden with dark berry fruit, spice, pencil shavings and cedar. Fine, clingy tannins linger. Pair it with grilled meat or roast veg and rich bean dishes
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 16th, 2009

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822. Paul Mas Syrah~Viognier, Vin de Pays D'Oc, 2007
Bright red berry and red plum aromas, sweet spices, garrigue, smoke and savoury tones. Smooth on the entry and the savoury, smoky and herbal notes are echoed on the palate. Fine drying tannins on the finish - excellent value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 15th, 2009
This single vineyard Paul Mas red has lovely red berry and floral aromas, it's earthy and spiced with savoury undertones and cocoa.The palate presents bright berry flavours and white pepper. It's medium-full bodied and fresh with a smooth texture - fine tannins draw out the finish.
Excellent food wine - pair with braised lamb with syrah jus or grilled vegetables tossed with rosemary and olive oil.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 3rd, 2009

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823. Paul Mas Viognier, Languedoc France, 2006
Excellent value!
An unctuous Viognier with rich mineral, peach and green mango aromas, citrus blossom, clove and beeswax notes. Oily, lush and spiced on the palate with a lingering peachy and 'peppery' finish.
Pair with spicy vegetarian dishes or spiced crab cakes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 25th, 2007

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824. Paul Mas Viognier, Pays d'Oc France, 2008
A very bright, consistent Viognier featuring aromas of honeysuckle, orange peel, peach, warm spices, wildflower honey and creamy papaya. Expect fantastic acidity (where so many Viogniers can be lacking) and a rounded texture with flavours of crisp white fruits, citrus peel and spice. The generous finish is dusted with finely ground white pepper.
Pair with spicy dishes or rich seafood.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 16th, 2009

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825. Paul Zinck Cremant Brut Rose d'Alsace,France, NV
A pretty blush-pink colour with streams of small bubbles and aromas of summer berries, lemon oil, caramel apples, vanilla and toast with a hint of orchard blossoms. The palate is clean, fresh and delightfully spritzy.
100% Pinot Noir - very enjoyable!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 11th, 2008

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826. Paxton AAA Shiraz Grenache, McLaren Vale Australia 2005
This striking bottle holds good juice! 72% Shiraz blended with one of my favorite red grapes...Grenache.
Sweet mixed berries, a suggestion of dark flowers and warm spice. Silky and rich on the palate with juicy dark fruit, eucalyptus, licorice and more warm spice on the finish.
Smooth and delish!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 21st, 2007

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827. Peller Estates Family Series Merlot, Okanagan Valley, 2007
This is a savoury BC Merlot - smoky, char-grill, wild herbs, cedar chips and seasoning salt aromas with plums and black cherry notes. The flavours are similar - herbal, meaty and spiced with fleur de sel and minty hints. It's medium-full bodied with oak spice and light tannins lingering on the finish.
Pair with slow-cooked beef stew.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 3rd, 2009

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828. Peller Estates Family Series Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
An easy-sipping quaffer with a very palatable price point. Typical Pinot Blanc aromas of crisp white fruit - pear/apple - creamed honey and hints of spring blossoms. The palate has a slightly rounded texture, soft acidity and creamy white fruit and citrus flavours.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 22nd, 2009

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829. Peller Estates Heritage Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan BC, 2006
Juicy red and black berry aromas, savoury herbs and vegetal notes with undertones of sweet vanilla and pencil shavings. Medium bodied with mixed fruit on the palate, cocoa, soft tannins, toasted spices and oak flavours on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 9th, 2008

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830. Peller Estates Heritage Series Cabernet-Merlot, Okanagan BC, 2006
Sweet dark berries and plums, oak char, vanilla, menthol and vegetal notes. Slightly chewy on the palate with earthy flavours - mixed fruit, leather, smoked meat and hints of pepper on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 9th, 2008

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831. Peller Estates Heritage Series Merlot, Okanagan BC, 2006
Prune plums, dark cherries and smoked aromas followed with undertones of sweet vanilla, cocoa and mint notes. Sweet and supple on the palate with juicy dark berry flavours and toasted oak. Easy drinking with soft tannins and lingering spice and liqueur flavours on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 9th, 2008

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832. Peller Estates Heritage Series Pinot Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2006
A bright and inexpensive Pinot Blanc with ripe peach, passionfruit, minerals, lemon and green apple aromas. Light-bodied, dry and crisp with citrus and green apple flavours with a hint of saline on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 10th, 2007

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833. Peller Estates Heritage Series Pinot Gris, Okanagan BC, 2007
A light straw colour with aromas of squeezed lemons and fresh minerals with hints of peach and green fruits. Loads of zingy acidity in the mouth with some herbal, lemony and peachy flavours and loads of mixed citrus peel on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 25th, 2007

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834. Peller Estates Heritage Series Riesling, 2007
Snappy, crisp aromas - loads of citrus, a hint of mnerality, orchard blossoms and honey. The palate is very crisp and fresh - some stone fruit flavours spiked with citrus peel. Mouth-watering and easy drinking - made for sushi.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 24th, 2009
Aromas of red apples, stone fruit, grapefruit, minerals and honey blossoms. Soft acidity, off-dry with bright stone fruit, lime and grapefruit on the palate with a snappy finish.
Good, affordable patio quaffer or paired with veggie crudites dipped in spicy red pepper aioli.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 8th, 2008

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835. Peller Estates Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan BC, 2006
Mixed fruit aromas - cherry and blackberries, toasted oak, earthy game notes. Full-bodied in the mouth with sweet, smooth fruit, charred flavours, cocoa and oak spices finishing with supple, integrated tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 21st, 2008

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836. Peller Estates Private Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2005
Since Chardonnay is the new Chardonnay I may as well tell you about another solid one!
The Peller Reserve is caramel brulee, pineapple and spiced pear with a hint of candied banana tossed in. Light on the oak (but its still there for you who desire it). Smooth and clean on the tongue with creamy citrus, spiced oak and toasted nuts.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 10th, 2007

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837. Peller Estates Private Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2006
Aromas of dried pineapple, brown sugar caramel and meyer lemons with vanilla. Smoky and spiced showing creamy pineapple, butter and melon flavours with citrus and light oak on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 10th, 2007

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838. Peller Estates Private Reserve Merlot, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Showing a bit of burgundy tinge to its colour this Merlot is a sweet and savoury combination of ripe red berries, vanilla and oak spice, chocolate, leather and hints of green beans. It is supple with bright acidity and plenty of red fruit and roasted coffee flavours. It is drinking very well at this age, the tannins softened and balanced.
Peller suggests pairing this wine with beef tenderloin or hard aged cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 21st, 2009

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839. Peller Estates Private Reserve Pinot Gris, Okanagan BC, 2007
Bright lemon peel, mineral and white fruits with flavours of apple, white nectarine, juicy lemon, smoky minerality and a hint of spice and almond oil on the palate. It is crisp on the entry and rounds out slightly mid-palate and has a fresh finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 11th, 2008

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840. Peller Estates Private Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan BC, 2006
Juicy red cherry and tart red fruit, fresh earth, spice, mossy notes and leathery hints. Light-medium boded with cherry menthol and toasted cedar wood flavours and fresh acidity.
Pair with dense, oily fish or duck.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 17th, 2007

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841. Peller Estates Private Reserve Riesling, Okanagan BC, 2007
If we were in Germany this is what you would call a "trocken" meaning dry.
Clean, white fruit aromas - pear, apple and nectarine with lemon and minerals. Mouth-watering on the palate with loads of juicy lemon, apple peel and more mineral flavours with a spritz of lime. It's crisp on the entry and rounds softly mid-palate through the finish.
Nothing fluffy about this wine. Pair with lemony shellfish or summer salads with vinagrettes and soft cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 12th, 2008

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842. Peller Estates Private Reserve Syrah, Okanagan BC, 2006
Rich dark plum and blackberry aromas tightly integrated with spice, vanilla and peppery notes. On the palate the fruit is supple the texture smooth on the entry with spiced, meaty and charred flavours bound with peppery dark fruit and youthful tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 4th, 2008

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843. Peltier Station Petite Sirah, Lodi California, 2005
Everything you desire in a luscious California Petite Sirah.
Oozing blueberries and mixed briary berry fruit aromas. Chocolate, coffee and suggestions of smoke with dried fruit and lingering peppery spice. Rich and dense with balanced acidity and supple tannins.
Hard to find - look in select private wine stores in BC and restaurants in Ontario.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 22nd, 2008

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844. Penascal Sauvignon Blanc, Castilla Y Leon Spain, 2006
Typical Sauvignon Blanc aromatics - grass clippings and passion fruit, elderflowers with hints of talc and caramel and plenty of mineral notes. The palate has a surprisingly rounded texture, flavours are of melon and tart tropical fruits, loads of citrus and cut grass with earthy characteristics and a zesty finish.
Good value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 3rd, 2009

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845. Penascal Tempranillo, Castilla Y Leon Spain, 2005
This wine releases dark fruit - cherry and mixed berry aromas, sunbaked earth and spice. Expect juicy fruit, coffee flavours, tobacco and fine spices on the palate. Easy drinking with great acidity its perfect for weekday meals.
Good value!
Lovely dense fruit aromas, fresh cherry with violets and vanilla. Medium-full bodied with a smooth entry brimming with currants, berries and bright acidity followed with warm spices, chocolate and coffee. The finish lingers sweetly.
An old-world wine that will appeal to the palate of a new-world drinker.
Instant gratification at a great price!
Pair with casual upscale junk-food--gourmet pizza, spaghetti & meatballs or tacos.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 8th, 2007

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846. Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, South Australia, 2003
There is nothing 'baby' about this 'Baby Grange'!
The 389 must feel obligated to live up to its famous older brother-Grange when it takes up residence previously held by said older sibling (in Grange's barrels).
But for sheer price and availability the 389 is a worthy second choice.
Burly and robust with aromas of crushed coffee beans, blackberries and black cherry, eucalyptus, spice and vanilla with a whiff of game meat.
In the mouth the 389 is intense with tight, layered flavours of dark fruit, chocolate, earth and charred oak. It's a deep, dark and mysterious wine, full-bodied and chewy with gripping tannins.
Little brother's got huge attitude!
As seen on CityFood March 22, 2007!
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 21st, 2007

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847. Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, South Australia, 2005
Sweet fruit aromas engage you - dark cherry, blackberry and currents followed up with dark chocolate, mint, fruitcake spices and vanilla to seduce you. Silky on the entry, it builds in power with juicy dark fruits, spice, dark earth, leather and tobacco. The result is a long, smooth finish with integrated tannins with more than a mere suggestion of wild blueberries.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 4th, 2008

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848. Penfolds Koonunga Hill Cabernet Merlot, South Australia 2005
Aromas that pop out of the glass--ripe cherry and plum, smoke, earth and beet aromas with bell pepper and gravel notes. On the palate it is juicy with bright red fruit, chocolate, mint...a smooth mouth-feel and charred spice oak flavours on the finish.
Good value!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 20th, 2007

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849. Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay, South Australia, 2006
Crisp tree fruit, praline,citrus and exotic spice aromas and leesy notes. Warm, smooth and softly rounded on the tongue with yellow plum and caramel flavours finishing with the grip of oak spice and a lingering ending.
Widely available and screw capped!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 15th, 2007

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850. Pentage Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Bright aromas of lychee, orange-blossoms, rose scented cream and exotic spice notes. The palate has a delicate character with flavours that echo the aromas - orange water and lychee with warm spiced anise and clove tones. Fresh with softly rounded acidity and a lovely lingering finish.
Will pair very well with spicy dishes or holiday dinners.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 8th, 2008

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851. Pentage Gewurztraminer, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Stunning aromatics that jump out of the glass!
Again Pentage has produced a fantastic Gew with fragrant honeysuckle, mango, lychee, exotic spices and rosewater with a pinch of white pepper. The palate tarts you up with pink grapefruit peel and warm spice, tropical citrus flavours linger on the finish. Rounded on the palate but not oily, excellent concentration and balance and bright acidity.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 19th, 2009

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852. Pentage Merlot, Okanagan Valley BC, 2005
Ripe cherries, dried fruits and smoked plummy aromas with undertones of cedar, vanilla, leather, savoury tones and pepper. Full-bodied with substantial power, plums and fruitcake, warm spices and earth with some lingering roasted coffee bean on the finish. The tannins are fine-grained but still have a solid grip on the wine.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 8th, 2008

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853. Pentage Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Creamy, spiced aromas - marmalade and zesty notes with minerals and fresh pear. Snappy on the palate with exotic spiced peaches, ripe pears and citrus zest flavours.
Delicious.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 30th, 2008

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854. Pentage Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Kirsch and sour cherry, sage and peppercorns with fresh minerality, hints of leather, smoke and savoury elements....The palate is fresh with a medium-weight and it reveals flavours of tobacco, leather, tart red fruits, earth and cedar box spices on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 3rd, 2009

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855. Pentage Riesling, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Fantastic!
Classic Riesling aromas - marmalade and apricots, plenty of minerality and some floral notes. Generous acidity, taut and snappy, expect a dry Riesling with plenty of lemon/lime flavours and an impressively long finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 24th, 2009

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856. Pentage Rose, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
A traffic-stopping cherry-red hue with loads of red berry and suitable cherry juice aromas, nectarine skin and a sprinkle of sweet spice. The palate is lively with tart cranberry, sweet berry and citric flavours, it's dry and crisp with a long mouth-watering finish.
Bright and bold and very good.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 24th, 2009

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857. Pentage Sauvignon Blanc~Semillon, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Tropical notes, grapefruit zest, melon and grass clippings, sugar snap peas and vanilla honeycomb and a hint of caramel. Softly rounded and smooth on the palate, clean and bright with honey, white pepper and citrus zest that lingers.
Very good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 4th, 2008

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858. Pentage Syrah, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Expect profuse peppery notes followed by black berries and plums, savoury/meaty aromas, garrigue and bittersweet chocolate. The palate is supple and velvety with spiced dark fruit, again loads of cracked pepper, dark chocolate and sage. The finish is substantial with lingering flavours of spiced cherries.
A wine made to pair with game or savoury dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 8th, 2009

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859. Pentage Viognier, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
As is typical from this lovely grape, you'll find aromas of peaches and lime, pomelo citrus and fragrant white blossoms with spice in the Pentage, but it's not overly aromatic as Viognier can be though. Perhaps the addition of 13% Chardonnay in this version has a subduing affect. The palate is snappy and clean and at the same time it's rounded and warm with mineral, stone fruit and clove flavours and a long spiced finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 24th, 2009

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860. Pere Anselme La Fiole du Pape, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France
Does this dusty designer bottle trigger a distant memory? Time for a revisit?
La Fiole du Pape is always a blend of three vintages - one older vintage (I believe this one is 1999) and two newer vintages - producing a wine which combines maturity and youthful vigor. It's delicious - showing off it's aromas of sun-warmed berries, garrigue, smoke, leather, spice and tobacco. The flavours echo the aromas - a seductive combination of sweet and savoury with fully integrated tannins.
Pair with meat based casseroles or ratatouille.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 3rd, 2009

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861. Pergolo Prosecco Spumante, Veneto Italy NV
Awesome deal!
I always insist on having a "little" prosecco in the house so why not one as affordable as this-especially if I'm making Bellinis!
Simple and fresh with a hint of sweetness it's grapey and floral with light tree fruit and citrus notes, spumante bubbles and classic--slightly bitter--Prosecco finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 12th, 2007

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862. Peter Lehmann "Clancy's Legendary Red" Barossa Valley Australia, 2004
Easy drinking red with hearty dishes or perhaps a chocolate encounter...?
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 25th, 2008
Rich and opulent - blackberry, blueberry and smoked aromas, dark chocolate covered cherries and leather-y notes. Dense, earthy flavours - cocoa, char, roasted coffee beans and spice with licorice hints on the finish.
Always a great go-to bottle that won't disappoint red lovers.

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863. Peter Lehmann "Clancy's Legendary White", South Australia, 2008
The aromas pop on this white blend version of the Lehmann "Clancy's Legendary Red". Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc present gooseberry and grass clippings. pineapple and passionfruit with tropical citric notes. It's snappy on the palate, has a subtly rounded texture and finishes with mouth-watering, zesty flavours.
Pair with fish and summer salads with chevre and herbed vinagrettes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 3rd, 2009

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864. Peter Lehmann "Mentor" Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Australia, 2001
A rich, earthy red colour with berry, currants and plummy aromas, mint chocolate, vanilla, caramel and sweet cedar notes. Smooth on the entry with berry and char flavours, it grows massive on the mid-palate but maintains balance and mouth-watering freshness followed by soft tannins and lingering cocoa.
A great gift bottle!
Cabernet 69%, Merlot 13%, Shiraz 10%, Malbec 8%
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 10th, 2007

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865. Peter Lehmann "The Futures" Shiraz, Barossa Australia, 2005
This is a confident Shiraz, one that doesn't need any gimmicks to impress.
Oodles of fruit - smoked cherries and mulberries, licorice, mocha, spice cake and vanilla. It's finessed on the palate, plush and warm with black cherries, smooth chocolate and allspice. Full-bodied and decadent but it manages to maintain the delicate balance between power and freshness.
Lamb is a given with this wine but slow grilled eggplant with rosemary, garlic and olive oil with lots of bread to sop it up...will do in a pinch.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 3rd, 2009

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866. Peter Lehmann "Weighbridge" Unwooded Chardonnay, South Australia, 2006
Honey peaches, creamy pineapple, vanilla, leesy aromas, citrus blossoms and nutty undertones. Crisp on the entry with mouth-watering lemon flavours, softly rounded mid-palate and light spice and zest on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 13th, 2008

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867. Peter Lehmann 'Eight Songs' Shiraz, Barossa Valley Australia, 2002
Oozing rich dark fruit, layers of sweet blackberry and cherry notes, spiced with cocoa and coffee aromas. Smooth and dense on the palate, the tannins are still quite chewy.
A showpiece wine stunningly clad.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 18th, 2007

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868. Peter Lehmann 'The Seven Surveys' SMG, Barossa Valley BC, 2006
SMG is an old-vine blend of one half Shiraz and equal parts of Mourvedre and Grenache that's as bright on the nose as it is juicy in the mouth. Chockablock full of blueberry, mulberry and cranberry aromas with violets, leather and eucalypt undertones. It reveals impressively fresh berry flavours on the entry followed by peppercorns, mocha, licorice and mixed spices. The texture is smooth across the palate - the finish is significant. I would recommend pairing it with a grilled, decadently topped thin crust pizza.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 10th, 2009

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869. Peter Lehmann Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley, 2006
The recognizable Peter Lehmann shows its Barossa Valley backbone in this wine. It features abundant Cabernet cassis and minty aromas, sweet spice with undertones of savoury herbs and grilled peppers. On the palate, it is medium to full-bodied with intense, earthy flavours including bell pepper, wild berries, tobacco, bittersweet cocoa and spice.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 9th, 2009

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870. Peter Lehmann Rose Barossa Valley Australia, 2007
A brilliant ruby-pink rose that'll turn heads and lure you back for a second taste. This dry Grenache rose is a sunny glassful of sweet-tart berries with juicy cherry, violet and guava aromas. It's crisp with loads of berry and citrus-y flavours, lovely structure and a lingering mouth-watering finish.
Buy-by-the-case!
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 5th, 2009

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871. Peter Lehmann Rose. Barossa Valley Australia, 2006
It's never to early to think - or drink Rose. Although it seems to suit summer to a tee it's rare that a glistening glass of ruby-pink won't turn heads. I suppose the new vintage of this will appear on shelves in time for summer but in the meanwhile take a whiff of the juicy sweet-tart cherry, berry and floral notes on this Grenache rose. Its dry and crisp with loads of berry and citrus-y flavours...
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 27th, 2009

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872. Peter Lehmann Weighbridge Shiraz, South Australia,2005
Jammy aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and plum with undertones of coffee, mint-chocolate, smoke and Christmas cake spices. Smooth with a nice dose of acidity - juicy red berries, mocha, mint, white pepper and lingering spice. Very good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 1st, 2008

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873. Pikes dry Riesling, Clare Valley Australia, 2007
I love the taut snappy character of this wine - it has aromas of lemon and minerals with stone fruit, floral and lime peel....The palate is clean, zesty with lemon/lime and tart nectarine - elegant and lip-smacking!
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 5th, 2009

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874. Pillar Box Red Reserve Shiraz , Padthaway Australia, 2006
The reserve is a step up from the more recognized Pillar Box Red with the red label from Henry's Drive Vignerons.
The aromas are smoky, ripe black berries and black cherry, cedar, spices and chocolate. It's smooth - very supple with bright berry fruit, shaved chocolate, smoked spices and firm, lingering tannins.
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 22nd, 2009

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875. Piper~Heidsieck Cuvee Brut, Reims France, NV
Bright and toasty with citrus, crisp tree fruit, delicate blossoms and honey aromas with a hint of chalky minerality. Smooth and creamy on the palate with flavours of apple peel, a hint of ginger and citrus zest. Plenty of happy beads and fresh but with nice complexity - a classic vibrant Champers.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 12th, 2008

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876. Pirramimma Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale Australia, 2006
I fell madly in love with the gorgeous fleshy, yet elegant Cabernets on a recent trip to the Vale.
From the Pirramimma you can expect decadent aromas of vibrant mulberry, mint chocolate patties and exotic spices. The palate is supple yet powerful with plenty of dark berries, spice and cedar with cocoa flavours clinging to the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 10th, 2009

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877. Plaisir de Merle Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch South Africa, 2001
There are two rather impressive things going on with this bottle - before you even crack it open. First it's available in a magnum (although it does come in a 750ml) which is impressive for special gatherings and second it's a 2001 vintage. Plaisir de Merle holds it's wine back longer than many wineries - which is only beneficial to you, the buyer. With the extra age you get to drink a wine that has softened and integrated nicely without having to cellar it yourself.

The Cabernet is loaded with cassis, plum and dark floral aromas supported by char, spiced game meat and herbal notes. On the palate it's smooth, with sweet, ripe berries, it's earthy and spiced with a rich, supple weight.
Elegant!
Pair with braised beef, mashed root veg or puy lentils.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 20th, 2007

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878. Plaisir de Merle Shiraz, Stellenbosch South Africa, 2003
There is much history and romance behind the French Huguenot property of Plaisir de Merle, in fact the name itself translates into "pleasure of the blackbird'...Let's just hope the blackbirds don't get to the grapes before we do because it would be a sad day if they did. The wines are some of the most elegant I have tasted from South Africa, always a pleasure to drink and a wonderful partner for food.
The Shiraz has bright berry aromas - raspberry and blackberry - creamy oak and spice aromas with herbal notes. There is intensity on the palate with a lovely weight, pure berry flavours, spiced chocolate and char with a seductively supple texture.
Pair with briased lamb loin or mushroom gnocchi
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 20th, 2007

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879. Plantagenet Riesling, Great Southern Australia, 2006
Minerals, lime zest, crisp white peaches and grapefruit aromas. Bracing on the palate - snappy and mouth-watering wih similar lime oil, minerals and grapefruit in the mouth.
Fresh and elegant.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 16th, 2008

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880. Podere Guado al Melo Bolgheri Rosso, Tuscany Italy 2002
Bolgheri - known world wide for its SuperTuscan wines generally commands high prices. This one isn't too pricy but it is silky on the palate with raisined aromas and dried cherries, coffee and chocolate notes and silky flavours that echo the aromas. A blend of 80% Cabernet and 20% Merlot - drink now.
As reviewed in Infamous Magazine may 2008
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 5th, 2008

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881. PoggioBello Friulano, Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC, Italy, 2007
I'm pleased to see this new offering of Friulano from Italy's northeastern J shaped appellation of Colli Orientali del Friuli within the state of Friuli.
Expect this to be an fantastic food wine, with amazing persistence and a plush texture. The aromas are honeycomb, apple and straw, some warm stone fruit notes and plenty of minerality. The palate is rich, the texture lanolin, mineral and honey/beeswax mingle with typical pithy citrus flavours. The finish is long and very bright.
Pair with fish or creamy mushroom polenta.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 21st, 2009

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882. Poggiobello Ribolla Gialla, Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC, Italy, 2007
This unique varietal, classic to Friuli, is oozing aromas of figs, wild honey, quince and peach stone with plenty of minerality, a hint of white blossoms and straw notes. The palate has a pleasing oily texture, expect mineral, herbal and marmalade flavours on the palate and a crisp, lingering finish.
Fantastic.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 20th, 2009

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883. Pommery Champagne 'POP' Extra Dry, Champagne france, NV
Bubbly fun in a mini bottle - typical toasty and pie crust aromas, apples and citrus blossoms. Crisp, clean and bright on the palate, citric and white fruit flavours with toast. Expect a fine mousse and a long finish...
A great party bottle, your own individual package on the patio.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 21st, 2009

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884. Pommery Pink "Pop" Rose, Champagne France, NV
Adorable, transportable and you don't need a glass, just a straw.
Made from the classic Champers trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier this little darling is salmon-hued with tiny dancing bubbles. She's fresh berries and crisp apple with toast and nut aromas. Zippy and mouthwatering on the palate with minerals and citrus and a long persistent finish. And as good as she tastes it's all about how good you'll look whilst sipping!
Look for the 750ml size too.

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885. Poplar Grove Pinot Gris, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Poplar Grove's Pinot Gris has been a consistent BC favourite, but it has morphed over the years as winemaker Ian Sutherland has sought the perfect yeast cocktail. You may be convinced this wine has seen some oak contact but it's the yeast that gives it its additional supple texture and aromatics.
There are some apple pie and pear compote aromas, faint spice, honey and caramel notes. On the palate it is quite lush - rounded and creamy- the pear, caramel and fine spice return but crisp citrus flavours linger. Good concentration and a long warm finish this wine pairs well with extra aged nutty Gouda.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 21st, 2009

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886. Porcupine Ridge Syrah, Cape of Good Hope South Africa, 2006
The appearance is inky with purplish reflections. The aromas are rich - juicy dark berries and black cherry aromas and plummy undertones, earth and mocha notes. In the mouth the Porcupine Ridge Syrah is smooth, layered and earthy, showing dark fruits, meaty/sausage-y and savoury herbal flavours with cracked black pepper and bittersweet chocolate on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 27th, 2008

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887. Porta Di Mola "Yellow Cello", Campania Italy, 2005
A beautiful and exotic wine that is work seeking!
Made from a grape that was revered by the Greeks and Romans--called Falanghina--this wine is a bit of an anomoly. Rich and quite unctuous as opposed to its more usual crisp style with honied, earthy (truffled) and mineral aromas with mandarin orange,ripe melon and beeswax notes. On the palate it is lush and smooth--almost oily with soft, exotic spice and clean on the finish. Dry and fresh but with the perception of ripe fruit sweetness.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 25th, 2007

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888. Prospect Winery "Council's Punch Bowl" Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2006
This series of wine, each label depicting a unique Okanagan location pays homage to the Valley's rich and colourful history and geography.
The Sauvignon Blanc is lush and vibrant with pineapple, lime, grass, peach hints, snap peas, lemon cream and mineral aromas. On the palate it shows clean,mouth-watering flavours of lemongrass, mandarin zest and a gentle brush of spice. A nicely rounded Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of juicy flavours rather than steely minerality and greenery.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 24th, 2007

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889. Prospect Winery "Ogopogo's Lair" Pinot Grigio, Okanagan BC, 2006
The Prospect Winery wines are so new they practically sparkle!
A series of wines, each label depicting a unique Okanagan location which pay homage to the Valley's rich and colourful history and geography. The first release was this Pinot Grigio and a Sauvignon Blanc followed by; a Riesling, Unoaked Chardonnay, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Vidal Icewine. The portfolio of reds will include; Pinot Noir, Merlot Shiraz and Cabernet-Merlot.

The Pinot Grigio is brimming with creamy orchard fruit-bosch pear and nectarine, honey blossoms and fennel. It's warm, spiced and rounded on the palate showing mouth-watering lemon spiked with vanilla and a long zesty finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - June 24th, 2007

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890. Prospect Winery "Rock Wren" Pinot Noir, Okanagan BC, 2006
The first of the red releases from the new Ganton&Larson Prospect Winery features sour cherry and leathery aromas, woodsy cedar and spice with undertones of licorice and sage. It's medium-bodied with tart red fruit, bright acidity, lingering earth, roasted coffee beans and toasted spice flavours on the finish.
Pair with wild mushroom gnocchi in a creamy sage sauce.
Reviewed in Infamous Magazine February 2008
Wine Scores Reviewed - January 30th, 2008

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891. Prospect Winery 'Birch Canoe' Pinot Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2006
Bartlett pear and peach aromas with white floral and pomelo citrus notes. A fresh, enjoyable Pinot Blanc, soft but crisp on the tongue with grapefruit and lime and the slightest suggestion of smoked spice.
There are two important elements at work here people...first, I predict we'll start to see more BC Pinot Blanc because we do it so well. And second, its appealing 11.5% alcohol gets my two red thumbs-up approval. If you drink as much wine as I do, less than 12% is a vinous blessing!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 8th, 2007

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892. Prospect Winery Chardonnay, Okanagan BC,2006
A Chard that won't hit you with a wooden fist. Its far more subtle, showing melon, apple, leesy/toasty and warm vanilla caramel aromas. A fresh citrus entry is followed with, roasted nuts and lightly toasted oak flavours on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 11th, 2007

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893. Prospect Winery Pinot Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Rich peachy-pear aromas, mandarin zest, wild honey and white blossom notes. Crisp flavours on the entry - stone fruit, citrus peel and minerals with soft, rounded acidity.
Very tasty!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 6th, 2008

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894. Prospect Winery Pinot Grigio, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Lovely pale copper glints appeal to your senses before you even take a sip.
Aromas are pear jelly and pink grapefruit with gingery hints and fresh cut apple. Clean and crisp - the aromas reappear on the palate - pear, grapefruit peel and minerals with mouth-watering acidity and an extended linger.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 5th, 2008

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895. Prospect Winery Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
Smoked and earthy aromas with sage and herbal notes, tart red fruit, cedar, leather and spice. Quite light-bodied with tart, herbal flavours and hints of red fruit on the palate. Austere and savoury with very little fruit expression but will pair with roasted vegetables or turkey with sage stuffing.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 5th, 2008

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896. Prospect Winery Riesling, Okanagan BC, 2006
Vibrant fruit aromas--apricots, white peach, apple blossoms and lime leaf. Juicy flavours of stone fruits, gala apples, honey and crisp white grapefruit on the finish. Off-dry on the palate cut with bright acidity and a lingering finish that will have you coming back for more.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 8th, 2007

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897. Prospect Winery Riesling, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Apricot and peach skin aromas, mixed citrus - pomelo and a squeeze of lime with warm honeyed notes and savoury undertones. On the palate it's fresh and crisp, the texture is round almost oily and the acidity is soft rather than angular.
Think goat cheese tarts and creamy dishes for partnering.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 6th, 2008

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898. Prospect Winery Shiraz, Okanagan Valley, BC, 2006
Mulberry, sweet cherries and plummy aromas followed with black pepper, smoked allspice and mint chocolate notes. Impressive aromas are supported by peppery dark fruit flavours and a hint of meatiness on the palate.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 5th, 2008

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899. Prospect Winery Unoaked Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2006
Sweet golden pineapple and pear aromas. Fresh on the palate with citrus, caramel and spiced pineapple with a gently rounded texture followed by smoke and minerals on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 9th, 2007

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900. Prospect Winery Vidal Icewine, Okanagan BC, 2006
I've always had a soft spot for Vidal Icewine. Sadly we don't produce it in BC nearly as much as Ontario does.
Vidal has the ability to take on truly seductive honeyed-apricot aromas as does this one which also shows dried pineapple notes. Slightly less sweet than one would expect with more pineapple, mango and lingering apricot jam, a soft rounded texture with zippy, clean citrus on the finish that sticks.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 19th, 2007

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901. Punto Final Malbec, Argentina, 2008
Made from vines that are a minimum of 50 years old, this Argentine Malbec provides sweet chocolate and blackberry aromas, smoke, cherries, vanilla and warm spices with earthy undertones. Extremely easy sipping, it's supple and ripe on the palate with loads of berry fruit, vanilla and peppery spice and a long chocolaty-espresso finish.
Very tasty and recently reduced in price from $17.99.
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 14th, 2009

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902. Quails' Gate Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2006
Always a well made Chardonnay showing a nice balance between crisp and creamy with pear and apple aromas, caramel notes, honey roasted nuts and citrus blossoms. Clean, with a gently rounded palate and crisp finish it shows deft oak use and pleasing minerality.
Very nice.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 16th, 2008

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903. Quails' Gate Chenin Blanc, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
Always anticipated, the Quails' Gate Chenin Blanc is a pristine and aromatic summer sipper.
Loads of crisp orchard fruit, notes of honey and citrus blossoms with just a suggestion of sweet herbs. The palate is snappy and clean with green apple and juicy grapefruit flavours lingering through the finish...
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 15th, 2009

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904. Quails' Gate Family Reserve Pinot Noir, Okanagan BC, 2005
Concentrated...blueberry preserves, raspberry, sweet tobacco, warm spice and chocolate aromas simmer in the glass. Rich and velvety on the palate with fresh dark fruit, liquid cocoa, black cherry and fresh turned earth. Acidity lifts it, preventing it from being jammy.
This wine doesn't tease, its affections are obvious.
We were able to taste the 1997 Family Reserve Pinot Noir during dinner at the stunning Quails' Gate Old Vines Patio in late September and the proof is in the providence.
These folks make unforgettable Pinot Noir!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 6th, 2007

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905. Quails' Gate Pinot Noir 'Stewart Family Reserve', Okanagan, BC, 2006
Elegant and feminine the 'Family Reserve' Pinot show loads of bright fruit - black berries, bing cherry and raspberry - minerals and fresh floral aromas. Silky and quite delicate featuring berry/cherry flavours, leather and cedary hints with fresh acidity and fine tannins.
Lovely.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 12th, 2008

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906. Quails' Gate Pinot Noir, Okanagan BC, 2006
Ruby-hued with cherry, cranberry and beetroot aromas, earth, cedar and dried floral notes with a dose of white pepper. Smooth on the palate with fresh red fruits, good acidity, a fine dusting of tannins with more white pepper appearing on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 12th, 2008

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907. Quails' Gate Pinot Noir, Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
When BC drinkers think Pinot, they think Quails' Gate. Quails' Gate has been making Pinot Noir for more than a quarter of a century but now with the talent of winemaker Grant Stanley they are doing it better than ever. This youthful 2007 vintage is quite dark ruby in colour with deep aromas of red berries, chocolate, spice and tobacco with crushed floral notes. It's very supple on the palate with primary spice flavours followed by tart red fruit and cedar box.
Decant prior to serving and pair with duck spring rolls dipped in a sweet and spicy glaze.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 14th, 2009

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908. Quails' Gate Rose, Okanagan BC, 2006
This 100% Gamay Noir this is a welcome addition to Wine Diva's favorite pretty-in-pink drink-Rose!
A tisket, a tasket, a berry-loaded basket of cranberry, strawberry and sour cherries with spice and tobacco and zippy dry citrus. Crisp, clean and refreshing, perfect for patio and bistro fare, light meats, fish, appetizers or cheese!
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 28th, 2007

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909. Quails' Gate Rose, Okanagan BC, 2008
This year, there has been 5% Pinot Gris blended into Gamay Noir for the QG Rose. Light cranberry in colour it features aromas of sweet summer berries - blackberries and strawberries - with cedar box and spice notes. It is bright, crisp and summery on the palate with flavours of tart citrus, spice and berries...
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 8th, 2009

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910. Quails' Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay, Okanagan BC, 2006
Yellow hued with golden glints the Reserve Chardonnay is toasted oak, creamy pear and roasted nutty aromas. The palate suggests toasted biscuity flavours, pineapples soaked in vanilla, and roasted nuts with warm oak spices and more toast on the finish.
Full-bodied with prevalent oak.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 23rd, 2008

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911. Quinta da Veiga 'Casa Das Mouras' Reserva, Douro Portugal, 2003
This blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tint Roriz has complex aromas of semi-dried cherries, floral, earth and plums, hints of iodine, and matchstick - intense and dark with smoke, leather, coffee and kirsch...The palate is bright and supple with lovely intensity and flavours of dark berries, spice and earth. Juicy, sweet fruit, concentration and integrated tannins - very good!
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 12th, 2009

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912. Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde, Portugal, 2006
Light straw-yellow in colour with the typical spritziness expected in this fresh wine.
Clean aromas, white floral, honey, minerals, citrus and a hint of creamy white fruit. On the palate it has more structure and weight than many Vinho Verde, the texture is slightly oily, the flavours are crisp and minerally with a hint of fresh, sweet herbs.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 28th, 2008

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913. Quinta Do Noval Late-Bottled Vintage Port, Douro Portugal, 2003
Fresh and bright aromas - strawberry jam, cherries, grapey notes - chocolate, sweet spices and cedar box. Plush and sweet, summer berries and jam, cacao and espresso flavours, white pepper, cloves and cinnamon with fine chocolaty tannins and spice lingering warmly on the finish.
Pairings...
Chocolate:Pure dark, Creamy milk chocolate ganache, Chocolate with orange ganache, spiced chocolate
Cheese:Blue veined, aged and crumbly, strong-creamy

Wine Scores Reviewed - December 15th, 2008

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914. Quinta Do Noval Late-Bottled Vintage Port, Portugal 2001
Priced to share.
Rich dried cherry and date aromas with hints of cedarbox and coffee. Velvety, sweet and thick with more cherries, dried fruits, coffee and tobacco followed by a long, warm finish.
Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Francesa
Chocolate:Pure dark, Creamy milk chocolate ganache, Chocolate with orange ganache, spiced chocolate
Cheese:Blue veined, aged and crumbly, strong-creamy
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 20th, 2007

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915. Raimat Albarino/Chardonnay Costers del Segre, Spain 2005
The Raimat has a lovely fruit-freshness highlighted with orange blossoms, tree fruit, melon, honey and lime leaf. Clean in the mouth with a creamy texture and soft acidity, bolder on the mid-palate with a rounded, lingering finish touched with almond.
Highly recommended!
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 14th, 2007

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916. Raimat Albarino/Chardonnay, Costers del Segre, Spain 2006
Great value!
Very aromatic, showing fragrant honeysuckle, fuzzy peaches, melon, minerals and lime leaf with a hint of ginger and lemongrass. Its snappy, but gently rounded, on the palate with crisp citrus, honey and minerals, fresh green herbs and tart white grapefruit.
Pair with seafood or butter herb sauces or tangy cheeses.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 8th, 2008

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917. Ram's Leap Shiraz, Western Plains Australia, 2005
The Canobah Bridge wines are all a treat to taste--the entry-level Bottle Tree, mid-range Ram's Leap or top-tier Canonbah Bridge.
Rich blackberry and juicy raspberry aromas with eucalyptus, vanilla and spice notes. Lovely on the palate--smooth, warm and elegant with an extended finish.
Good value for the juice!
Wine Scores Reviewed - September 7th, 2007

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918. Rancho Zabaco 'Dancing Bull' Zinfandel, California, 2006
Raspberry jam, cherries and blueberries, bitter-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans and spices with a hint of tart red fruit - pomegranate perhaps? The raspberry jam reappears on the palate with strawberry, blueberry, creamy milk-chocolate and espresso. Its medium-full bodied and very quaffable with a smooth finish.
Very good value.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 9th, 2008

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919. Raymond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2003
A decently priced Napa Cabernet that you can drink now or add to your cellar. It shows sweet, ripe, red fruit, cassis and leather aromas with pencil shavings, minerals and fresh earthy notes. On the palate it's juicy and smooth with tobacco and cocoa, smoked spices and lingering coffee flavours on the finish. It's lifted acidity and fine tannins will pair nicely with hard cheeses or lamb dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 18th, 2007

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920. Rebel Wine Company's "The Show" Cabernet Sauvignon, California, 2005
The front label reads: The Show Cabernet Sauvignon a Bieler*Gott*Scommes Production. The back label says it is:Inspired by the bold iconic letterpress show posters...and vinted and bottled by Rebel Wine, St. Helena, Napa County, Ca.which is fun and curious but ultimately begs the question, how good is it?
How does delicious taste to you?
The Show has rich aromas, currants, choco-cherry, dill and sweet vanilla notes. On the palate it's lush and so easy to quaff - sweet ripe berries, mocha and cola spices with smooth tannins.
Very tasty!
Wine Scores Reviewed - November 24th, 2007

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921. Red Knot Shiraz, McLaren Vale Australia, 2005
Bold and jammy with chunky fruit-blackberry and dark cherries with sweet vanilla, oak spices, tobacco and earth. A smooth mouth-texture with attractive up-front fruit and chewy, dusty tannins on the finish.
The funnest part is that this wonderful red has a conversation piece built right in...The peel away Zork cork.
Wine Scores Reviewed - April 9th, 2007

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922. Red Rooster Gewurztraminer Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
A patio party priced (PPP) Gewurztraminer with light aromas of fresh grapefruit, orange blossoms and spices. The palate is off-dry but crisp with loads citric flavours and a snappy finish. An easy drinking sipper or pair with salad rolls in a lemongrass curry sauce.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 14th, 2009

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923. Red Rooster Gewurztraminer Reserve, Okanagan BC, 2007
A new winemaker - Karen Gillis - and new packaging too - the Red Rooster wines have received a positive makeover.
The 2007 Reserve Gewurztraminer has Alsace written all over it with tropical aromas of exotic citrus, Turkish delight, rose oil, honeysuckle, ripe peaches and just a hint of earthy mushroom. Clean, with the impression of dryness on the palate but the flavours still echo the sweet/exotic aromas - showing juicy mandarins, five-spice and ripe tropical fruit.
Great for sipping or paired with Paad Thai.
Seriously tasty!
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 21st, 2008

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924. Red Rooster Gewurztraminer Reserve, Okanagan Valley, 2007
Yum!
Grapefruity and exotically spiced with orange blossom aromas, honey, rose water, mandarin zest. Softly rounded profile with a snappy, clean flavours of citrus and tree fruits, the finish is long - tapering with citrus peel and star anise flavours.
Wine Scores Reviewed - February 3rd, 2009

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925. Red Rooster Malbec, Okanagan BC, 2006
Earthy and spiced. Dried fruit and plummy aromas, cocoa, pepper, and char notes. Chewy and brawny on the palate showing smoked meats, coffee bean, black fruits, lingering spice and roasted flavours.
Pair with rich game meats and sauces of reducted jus.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 19th, 2007

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926. Red Rooster Pinot Noir, Okanagan BC, 2006
Red berries and cherries with classic, earthy Pinot Noir aromas - forest floor, leather and toasted spice notes. Tart red fruit and herbal flavours, char and toast with balanced acidity on the palate and lingering spice on the finish. Mushroom dishes will compliment the earthiness of this wine.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 11th, 2007

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927. Red Rooster Riesling Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
The aromas in this just released Riesling are compelling - apples, Asian pears, honeysuckle and pomelo citrus. As usual the Red Rooster is an easy drinking, off-dry style with crisp apples and Meyer lemon mousse flavours.
Pair it with fish and chips or light curry dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 14th, 2009

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928. Red Rooster Riesling, Okanagan BC, 2006
A crisp, mouth-watering and Riesling with aromas of honey blossoms, peach/apricot and mandarin orange peel, perfumed with kaffir lime leaf notes. Off-dry on the entry with citrus zest and mineral flavours, palate-cleansing acidity and a wonderfully refreshing finish. You'll love this wine with sushi or traditional holiday fixin's.
Wine Scores Reviewed - December 16th, 2007

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929. Red Rooster Riesling, Okanagan BC, 2007
A new winemaker - Karen Gillis - and new packaging too - the Red Rooster wines have received a positive makeover.
There's nothing fluffy about this Riesling it's serious with a steely core.
Aromas of apple peel, orange blossoms, honeydew melon and peach. Loads of minerality on the palate with more apricot/peach and oil of orange it shows mouth-watering acidity with a suggestion of sweetness.
Pair with seafood, sushi or sweet and sour stirfry.
Wine Scores Reviewed - May 21st, 2008

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930. Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel, Amador County California, 2005
Made from vines at least 45 years of age the Renwood Zin is full on mocha with dried blueberry, muddled cherries, powdery cocoa and interesting hints of balsamic and minerality. Its smooth chocolate and cherries on the palate with warm spicebox flavours and coffee liqueur. Great intensity with fine lingering tannins on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 4th, 2009

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931. Rigamarole 'White', Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Bright and juicy, this crowd-pleasing aromatic is perfect for sipping or paired with spicy and similarly aromatic dishes.
Vibrant notes of peaches, rose oil and warm spices - especially star anise. On the palate it shows pink grapefruit and pomelo, apricots and roses and lots more spice. Nicely weighted on the tongue, fresh with soft acidity on the finish.
It hints at a Germanic lineage of varietals like; Gewurztraminer, Riesling...
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 19th, 2008

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932. Rigamarole Rose, Okanagan BC, 2007
A happy, lively cranberry-watermelon colour the Artisan Wine Co.'s Rigamarole Rose has juicy red berries with some candy floss and strawberry jam aromas and undertones of pepper and fresh plum. On the palate it's heartily spiced with a solid backbone and balanced acidity. The flavours are strawberries and currants with candied citrus peel and a hint of bitterness on the finish.
As curious and quirky as its label.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 29th, 2008

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933. Rigamarole Rose, Okanagan Valley BC, 2008
The label says, "Why is it such a Rigamarole to convey the wonderous virtues of a great dry rose?"
A good question indeed, but really folks, are we still having a discussion about whether or not to drink pink? The world, after all, is drinking pink, and that's not just blush.
Rigamarole, part of Mission Hill's Artisan Wine Company is cran-ruby in colour with aromas of sour cherry and fine spice, strawberries and forest floor with hints of watermelon. The entry is dry, it picks up a bit of sweetness mid-palate, the acidity is bright and it has nice structure with flavours of berries and orange peel, licorice and cloves. The finish is fresh and crisp - an easy-sipping wine to cool down with.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 31st, 2009

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934. Rigamarole Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan BC, 2007
Very aromatic with orange creamsicle, star fruit, grapefruit, some grassy and herbal notes with fresh minerality. Crisp and dry on the palate with more star fruit, mint, fresh fennel and peach skin flavours. Easy drinking and fresh perfect for those who don't like typical assertively grassy Sauvignon Blancs.
Wine Scores Reviewed - August 29th, 2008

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935. Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River Australia, 2006
From the first swirl this wine is fragrant. Chock-a-block full of dark floral notes followed by cassis, cedar chips and cocoa. Hailing from Australia's new darling Cabernet region it shows typical Margaret River restrained power and elegance. It will charm you with juicy flavours of cassis, enhanced by fine, sweet spice and a smooth, bright finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - July 9th, 2009

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936. Road 13 "Honest John's" Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
A new name and new packaging, the (formerly known as) Golden Mile Cellars has hit the jackpot with their new style. Simple, clean labels in red/white/black and some new proprietary names as well.
Honest John's is a refreshing blend of Ehrenfelser (love it), Sauvignon Blanc and a hint of Viogner. This wine is peachy, peachy, peachy in both flavour and aromatics.
Primarily peach nectar on the nose underscored by warm spices, lime zest and grapefruit juice, honeysuckle, minerals and - typical BC - wild herbal tones. Peaches drip all over your palate as well, followed with more spice and snappy grapefruit. Crisp, fresh and tasty as heck!
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 8th, 2008

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937. Road 13 'Fifth Element Red', Okanagan Valley BC, 2006
A combination of: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot respectively, selected from 279 barrels. The Fifth Element has rich fruit aromas - cherries and vanilla, sweet spice and bright minty tones with mocha. Juicy and bright on the entry - the fruit grows more powerful rounded out by spiced cocoa, some savoury/herbal hints. Very balanced - good acidity, structure and fruit with fine tannins lingering on the finish.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 3rd, 2009

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938. Road 13 'Honest John's Red', Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
This Merlot based red has forward savoury and meaty aromas with pepper and undertones of red plums and cherry. The entry is smooth and powerful, the savoury flavours echo the aromas - spiced and meaty with dark fruit and smoky tones. Good acidity on the palate makes this wine a perfect partner with dense, meaty tomato-based dishes.
Wine Scores Reviewed - October 31st, 2008

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939. Road 13 'JackPot Viognier', Okanagan Valley BC, 2007
Vibrant aromatics - honeysuckle and pink grapefruit with stone fruit tones and hints of warm spices. The palate has a crisp citric snap that pushes this wine toward elegance as opposed to the often unctuous style we taste from warm climates. The flavours echo the aromas, its clean and fresh on the palate.
Wine Scores Reviewed - March 14th, 2009

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